ADAMS, NE – Nebraska drivers can take advantage of huge savings on E15 for $1.99, E30 for $1.79, and E85 for $0.99 a gallon at Midwest Farmers Cooperative in Adams (200 7th St.) for an entire week – Wednesday, March 28 to Tuesday, April 3. Consumers will be limited to 30 gallons and no containers are allowed.
The fuel savings will last a week, but the main event is a grand opening celebration Wednesday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will kick off with a ribbon cutting to introduce the new flex fuel pumps that now dispense E10, E15, E30 and E85.
The sponsors – Nebraska Ethanol Board, Nebraska Corn Board and E-Energy Adams – will be on site greeting drivers, pumping fuel and providing giveaways. Southeast Corn Growers Association and Farm Credit Services of America will provide a complimentary hot dog, chips, cookie and drink to grand opening customers.
“We applaud Midwest Farmers Cooperative for providing consumers more choice and offering cleaner-burning, homegrown fuel at a lower cost,” said Megan Grimes, Nebraska Ethanol Board program manager. “With fuel produced by a nearby ethanol plant, this is the only Nebraska station offering higher ethanol blends southeast of Lincoln.”
E15 (15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline) is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in all passenger vehicles model year 2001 and newer. Ethanol blends higher than 15 percent are approved for use in flex fuel vehicles. One in seven Nebraskans are driving a flex fuel vehicle, which can run on any blend of American Ethanol up to E85 (85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline). Drivers can check their owner’s manual to see if they’re driving a flex fuel vehicle. The vehicle might also have a flex fuel badge on the trunk or tailgate — or have a yellow gas cap.
A portion of Midwest Farmers Cooperative’s fuel pump upgrades were paid for with the Access Ethanol Nebraska (AEN), a grant program administrated by the Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Ethanol Board and Nebraska Department of Agriculture, with the Nebraska Energy Office as the lead agency. Nebraska’s federal award of approximately $2.3 million for the AEN program came from the USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation’s Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP). USDA rules require that the USDA funds be matched dollar for dollar with funds from state, private industry or foundations. Matching funds will come from the Nebraska Corn Board through the state corn checkoff funds paid by Nebraska corn farmers and from the Nebraska Environmental Trust approved funding of $500,000 for each of the two years. Matching funds will also come from contributions made by individual ethanol plants and “Prime the Pump,” a nonprofit organized and funded by the ethanol industry to improve ethanol infrastructure.