Minnesota Governor Pawlenty announced
last week that the state would dramatically increase (in some cases already has increased) its investment in alternative fuels
. These are the highlights of the plan: the state's Metro
Transit division will purchase an additional 150 hybrid
buses, the state government's vehicles that run on E85 have increased by 53 percent since last year, the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport now has a 6,000 gallon E85 tank, and the fuel used by Metro Transit will change from B5 to B10 in mid-2007 (and they have been testing B20 in some buses).
Aside from the hybrid buses, Metro Transit will also replace 164 buses with cleaner-burning diesel
engine buses. It's all part of the division's "Go Greener" initiative, which aims to reduce emissions by 168 tons a year and replace 1.23 million gallons of fossil fuel with renewable energy sources.
[Source: State of Minnesota via Green Car Congress]