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    Twelve E85 Stations to Open in Atlanta This Week

    Reduced gas prices promote openings.

    ATLANTA -- Protec Fuel Management and CleanFUEL Distribution will open 12 new E85 gas station in the metro area here in the coming weeks.

    The initiative was conceived with help from the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA), the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC), Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Chrysler, SAFA Express, Indore Oil and the Atlanta Clean Cities Coalition. A two-day promotional event will take place on today and Tuesday, June 3.

    "Never before have 12 E85 stations opened at once," Todd Garner, managing partner of Protec and CEO of CleanFUEL Distribution, said in a released statement. "This is a momentous occasion. Since E85 is the key to creating a market for cellulosic ethanol, this is an extremely important step that will put the greater Atlanta area on the path to increasing petroleum independence and cleaner air." He continued, "Protec and CleanFUEL Distribution are proud to have worked with our outstanding partners to open these stations."

    Garner explained that the station openings will commence with a press conference today at 10:30 a.m. at the Lawrenceville SAFA Express BP station followed by an 11:00 a.m. ribbon cutting. This will kick off the grand opening of six new E85 stations today in the metro Atlanta area.

    To help promote the event, EPIC will offer E85 for $1.85 per gallon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at six of the participating stations. "The Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority helped finance 21 E85 pump projects at fuel stations in Georgia, 10 of which are opening next week in metro Atlanta," Jill Stuckey, director of Georgia's Energy Innovation Center, said in a released statement. "As Georgia continues to lead the nation in cellulosic ethanol development, it's critical that we build a corresponding E85 distribution network so Georgians will have access to this homegrown, cleaner-burning fuel."

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