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YORK, Pa. -- Sheetz Inc. was presented Tuesday with the prestigious Renewable Agricultural Energy Council Leadership Award. Governor Edward G. Rendell selected Sheetz to receive this honor based on the company's pioneering efforts at renewable energy and bio-fuel development and deployment in Pennsylvania.
Dennis Wolff, secretary of the Department of Agriculture, presented Sheetz Inc. with the leadership award on behalf of the Renewable Ag Energy Council, which was created in 2005 by Governor Rendell to coordinate the development and deployment of agricultural energy industries in Pennsylvania. The leadership award was presented at a conference entitled "Bio-fuels-A Pennsylvania Reality," featuring nationally-recognized experts in bio-diesel and ethanol research and production.
"Sheetz is honored to receive the Renewable Ag Energy Council Leadership Award," said Louie Sheetz, the chain's executive vice-president of marketing. "We are excited to be the first chain retailer in Pennsylvania to offer E85 ethanol, an environmentally-friendly, renewable fuel option for our customers. We thank Governor Rendell for his vision and leadership in driving Pennsylvania's commitment to energy diversification efforts, renewable fuel production and infrastructure development."
E85 ethanol-based fuel is a clean-burning blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. The corn-based, renewable fuel is available at three Sheetz locations in the Pittsburgh, Pa. area, thanks to a collaborative partnership with General Motors Corporation, VeraSun Energy and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz operates 329 convenience locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina.
"Supporting alternative energy technologies positions Pennsylvania to capture a market for the development and deployment of a whole new generation of power sources and fuels, putting residents to work in dynamic new manufacturing sectors and improving the environment," Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty said. "Environmental protection is driving economic development."