Maryland Grain Producers
Utilization Board Joins FlexFuel Vehicle Awareness Campaign
Grain producers from the state of Maryland announced they
have awarded a grant to the Clean Fuels Foundation to increase the sale of high level ethanol
blends and support local E85 stations. The Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board
(MGPUB) will be supporting the National FlexFuel Vehicle
Awareness Campaign in a statewide program to increase
awareness among owners of flexible fuel vehicles that are
capable of utilizing ethanol blends up to 85%.
MGPUB joins the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),
the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and more than 30
national companies and organizations that are part of the
FFV Awareness Campaign working in several other states
across the country.
The overall campaign has been developed and is
coordinated by the Clean Fuels Foundation, a
based non-profit organization.
With 16 E85 stations in the state and another half
dozen scheduled to open in 2011,
is a prime location to increase the use of ethanol and
continue to expand infrastructure.
There are nearly 9 million flex fuel vehicles on the road
today in the
and a quarter of a million in
According to Marion Wilson, the President of the Maryland
Grain Producers Utilization Board, the FFV Awareness
Campaign is a perfect compliment to the recent investment
they have made in refueling infrastructure.
"This program is the next step in the evolution of
the ethanol program.
We are getting more refueling locations all the time
and the cars are becoming increasingly available.
We will make sure current FFV owners are aware their
vehicles have this capability and then inform them that
these fuels are available and where they can get them," said
Mr. Wilson. "We are sure that when drivers know this we
will see an increase in the use of ethanol which provides a
range of environmental, energy, and economic benefits," he
The FFV Awareness Campaign is working with government,
private companies and other interest groups in more than a
dozen states across the country.
campaign plans to coordinate with the Maryland Energy
Administration, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and the
Department of the Environment to reach drivers through
registration notices, emission stations, and DMV offices.
But there are even simpler and more direct ways for
drivers to see if their cars have this capability, according
to Clean Fuels Foundation Director Doug Durante. Many
FFVs have a FlexFuel symbol on the back of the car and a
yellow gas cap or a sticker on the fuel filler door.
Drivers can also consult their owner’s manuals, and
can check their vehicle identification numbers by logging on
is a prime candidate to use our small grains like barley for
the production of advanced biofuels like ethanol," said
Lynne Hoot, Executive Director of the MGPUB. "By
increasing the use of ethanol right here in the state we
would offer a great advantage to anyone developing a project
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