Green Rest Stops Planned in Ohio

According to the Associated Press, the Ohio Turnpike Commission has announced plans to open up two “green” rest areas, powered by renewable energy such as wind or solar power and they will carry E85.

The new service plazas will be built on both sides of the turnpike in Ohio’s Williams County. Along with E85, the facilities will allow for recharging of electric cars and cable and Internet hookups for parked trucks. The stops will also feature gas pumps, restrooms, restaurants and gift shops. The new facilities should open next year.

Currently, Ohio has 64 E85 locations throughout the state. Although details have not yet been released, the Ohio Department of Development will be offering grants to assist with additional E85 retail infrastructure. These funds are allocated for the current state budget ending in July 2011.

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