In 2007 the General Assembly passed a law that provided tax breaks to companies manufacturing the ethanol blend E85. Since then, even with the tax breaks, several of those companies have failed.
Another law passed in 2007 provided government money for installing specialized pumps to dispense E85 at filling stations. But, according to officials with the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority, that money has resulted in only 23 ethanol pumps being installed across the state.
Officials say another reason ethanol hasn’t taken off in Georgia is that the state doesn’t use cars that can run on the fuel. A spokesperson for the Department of Administrative Services said, for the state, using ethanol is not cost effective.