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KIMT News 3 - Don Grothe is well known in Lake Mills.
He owns a gas station called Don's Motor Mart just down Main Street.
“Oh it's a fun trip, it's a challenge,” said Grothe.
One of those challenges is dealing with gas prices and how much it costs by the truck load.
Grothe says he's seeing certain types of gas doing well at the store due to local farmers supporting the cause and more people driving cars that can handle a higher blend of ethanol.
“When E-85 come out I was checking on 85, then I was going to put a pump in for 85, then I was talked to about a blender pump so I just put this blender pump with 20, 30, 50, and 85,” said Grothe.
That's exactly what Governor Branstad and other state leaders want.
With their "Fueling our Future" program, they're using federal grant money to help gas stations like don's put in blender pumps to sell more fuel such as E-30, and Kelly Hanson, at POET Biorefining is completely on board.
“The use of those renewable fuels, expanding the use of those fuels is an added benefit for our communities,” said Hanson.
Hanson and his company have been working with the Governor on developing this program and offering technical support.
He hopes people see when filling up with this type of fuel they're not only helping air quality, but also our economy.
“From an economic stand point those dollars are cycled into our local economy and our state economy and it provides actually a better price at the pump,” said Hanson.
And that's exactly what Grothe is seeing.
“We do well when we're down there with the price. I think most people are looking for the price,” said Grothe.
Hanson stresses that most people filling up with E-30 and other ethanol fuels are driving flex fuel cars, which is recommended.
He says the reason E-30 is being pushed is because right now it's a cheaper blend to make, which means it'll cost less in cost at the pump.
Right now he only knows of four to five local gas stations that sell the E-30 brand.
Iowa State University is involved in the program as well, and will be looking at consumer’s reaction along with the impact of more access to the E-30 fuel.
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