Minnesota leads region in alternative fuels growth

January 3, 2018. Minnesota again led the region in the growth and use of cleaner alternatives to traditional petroleum fuels in 2017, according to the American Lung Association in Minnesota. The U.S. DOE’s Alternative Fuels Data Center lists 763 public and private alternative fuel stations located in Minnesota, compared to 601 in Wisconsin, 416 in Iowa, 124 in South Dakota and 76 in North Dakota. The alternative fuels sold in the state include ethanol, biodiesel, electric vehicle charging stations, propane fueling stations and compressed natural gas (CNG).

   In November, Gov. Mark Dayton signed Executive Order 12-17, which directs state agencies to reduce fossil fuel consumption by state-owned vehicles by 30 percent by 2027. Many of the state vehicles are flex fuel, and the state has added 323 hybrid vehicles and 15 electric vehicle to its fleet.

   The American Lung Association in Minnesota coordinates Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition, a statewide alternative fuel program that is one of the sub-awardee of a $4.9 million, three-year DOE grant to promote the use of alternative fuels on I-94 from Moorhead, Minnesota, to Port Huron, Michigan. Twin Cities Clean Cities Coalition also has its own DOE grant project to promote electric vehicles in the Midwest, Midwest EVOLVE.