St. Paul based Diesel Dogs Fuel Service is the first distributor to offer pre-blended E15 in Minnesota. This week the company delivered its first gallons of E15 to its municipal and corporate fleet customers in the Twin Cities. And just around the corner, Diesel Dogs will be offering E15 to retail customers.
“We hope that by taking the initiative to market E15 to our ever increasing customer base, that we can increase renewable energy awareness to the general public and at least offer them a choice that will benefit all of us in the long term,” said Kevin Harvey, CEO of Diesel Dogs.
Much of the fuel sold at retail stations, such as regular unleaded including E10 and E85, are purchased at fuel terminals. However, until Diesel Dogs Fuel Service began offering pre-blended E15, there were no fuel terminals in the state offering the renewable fuel. Because of this, many retailers blended their own E15 at their stations by installing blender pumps. Now, retailers can offers consumers more choice at the pump without having to install new infrastructure. In rare cases where the infrastructure isn’t compatible with E15, stations will only need to make minor modifications to their equipment to make it E15-compatible.
“Diesel Dogs added E15 to our family of products to advance our position as a clean fuel provider reducing emissions. By doing this, our customers and potential new customers will be able to lower by-products released into the air we breathe,” said Doug Daniels, Fuel and Lubricant Specialist at Diesel Dogs.
According to the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association, in the first half of this year, 2.77 million gallons of E15 was consumed in Minnesota, which was 90 percent of the total volume sold in 2015 (3.09 million gallons).
“We’ve seen a growing demand for E15 but pre-blended E15 has not been available and this has prevented the market from growing. We worked with Diesel Dogs to fill this significant void in the market,” said Tim Rudnicki, executive director of the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association. “Thanks to Diesel Dogs and their pioneering initiative, these retailers can now easily offer E15 and provide consumers with more choices. The data shows Minnesotans want to fuel up with E15.“