Ethanol

Statewide Automated Fuel Dispensing and Management System

E85 Ethanol Fuel

"The Home Grown Alternative"

Ethanol is a clean burning renewable, domestically produced product made from fermented agricultural products such as corn.

Ethanol contains oxygen, which helps gasoline burn cleaner and more efficiently. When used in vehicles, ethanol reduces all types of emissions including carbon dixide - a major contributor to global warming. Using ethanol-blended fuel is one of the easiest ways you can help reduce air pollution and our dependence on foreign oil.

The 1990 Clean Air Act Amendment and the 1992 Energy Policy Act require State Governments to purchase 75% of their covered fleet as alternative fueled vehicles. Therefore, the State is building and supporting the infrastructure to fuel these types of vehicles, such as flex-fueled (Ethanol) vehicles.

Also, an Executive Order which states that the State shall ensure that for fleet units operating bi-fuel or flex-fuel vehicles (vehicles that operate on either motor gasoline or an alternative fuel, as defined by the Federal Energy Policy Act), an average of 50% of the fuel used shall be alternative fuel. The Maryland Green Building Council's Annual Report to the Governor will report on State purchases of Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs) and of alternative fuels.