Last Friday, Gov. Pete Ricketts, R-Neb., endorsed the use of ethanol while proclaiming May as Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska.
Following the official proclamation during a ceremony at Casey’s General Store on N. 156th St., the governor stepped up to the pump to fill customers’ tanks with E15 to promote higher-ethanol blends.
“Nebraska’s biofuels power our vehicles and propel our state’s economy forward,” said Ricketts. “Corn-based ethanol and soy biodiesels save Nebraskans money at the pump, and they literally help us breathe easier. We’re successfully working to introduce greater volumes of higher-ethanol blends – E15, E30 and E85 – into the nation’s fuel supply to save consumers money, benefit the environment and create more opportunity for Nebraska’s farm families.”
“Casey’s is demonstrating its commitment to Nebraska by adding this blender pump,” said Sarah Caswell, administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board. “This infrastructure will enable the station to offer Nebraska consumers more choice at the pump to use fuel that is cheaper for them and better for the state’s economy and environment. E15 is safe to use in 2001 and newer cars. Now, Nebraska drivers will have more opportunity to choose to use that higher-ethanol fuel blend. The more ethanol we use, the better for our air and economy.”
According to a press release from the governor, Nebraska is the nation’s second-leading producer of ethanol. The state’s 25 ethanol plants have the capacity to produce 2.6 billion gallons of fuel each year. On June 3, the state will commence an EPA-approved pilot program to study the use of locally sourced E30 in conventional state-owned vehicles.
There are now more than 100 fueling stations retailing higher-ethanol blends throughout the state.
“We know ethanol is a great product, and we work hard to share that message,” said Kelly Brunkhorst, executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Corn Growers Association. “Through Renewable Fuels Month, we’re able to directly connect with consumers to discuss the benefits of American ethanol. The fact that increased ethanol blends are locally produced, naturally higher in octane, renewable, cleaner-burning and less expensive are all messages that resonate well with consumers. American ethanol is a great choice for our nation’s drivers and a great choice for Nebraska.”