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POSTED: December 13, 2007 5:02 a.m.
ATLANTA — Retail gasoline stations planning to install infrastructure to dispense E85 fuel can now apply for financial assistance through the state of Georgia.
Earlier this year, Gov. Sonny Perdue signed into law SB157, legislation sponsored by state Sen. Ross Tolleson to provide grants to finance installing, replacing, and converting motor fuel storage equipment to facilitate storing and dispensing E85 fuel for retail sale.
Today marked the first request for applications for the Georgia E85 Retail Infrastructure Grant Program.
“As Georgia increases its ethanol production and the number of Georgians driving flex-fuel vehicles continues to rise, more E85 pumps are needed to serve consumers,” Chris Clark, executive director of the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority, said. “The Georgia E85 Retail Infrastructure Grant Program will help jumpstart the installation of E85 pumps throughout the state.”
The grant program will enable motor fuel retailers to offset a portion of the cost of installing or converting fueling equipment to dispense E-85, up to $20,000 or 33 1/3 percent of the total project cost, whichever is less. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 4 and are available on the GEFA Web site, www.gefa.org
“E85 is a cleaner burning fuel that we can produce right here in Georgia to reduce our dependency on foreign oil,” Tolleson, chairman of the Natural Resources and the Environment Committee in the Georgia State Senate, said. “I encourage gas station owners to partner with the state through this grant program to increase the availability of E85.”
Ethanol can be produced from Georgia grown renewable resources and reduces emissions when combined with gasoline. E85 (85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline) can be used in flex-fuel vehicles.
Flex-fuel vehicles are capable of operating on gasoline, E85 or a mixture of both.
 

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