Ethanol comes to Tallahassee
Governor Jeb Bush and Florida Department of Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) secretary Colleen M. Castille joined executives
from General Motors and Inland Food Stores to open the first public
E85 ethanol pump in Florida. Located in Tallahassee, the pump is
the first of 17 to be installed by Inland Food Stores in Florida
in the next eight months.
General Motors will promote the availability of
ethanol fuel with dealers and the thousands of consumers with FlexFuel
vehicles in the Tallahassee region.
The demand for motor vehicle transportation fuel
is expected to grow from 28 million gallons to more than 32 million
gallons per day with Florida’s dependence on others for supplies
of oil and gasoline.
The 2006 Florida Energy Act takes the first comprehensive
step toward a diverse, reliable and secure energy future by expediting
electric generation capacity and providing rebates, grants and tax
incentives to drive the development of alternative fuel technologies.
The four year, $100 million plan aims to reduce Florida’s
dependence on imported oil, spur economic growth and increase investment
in cleaner, alternative energy sources such as solar, hydrogen and