Safety Professionals Gear Up for Training in Kearney

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA – Safety professionals from across the state will gather in Kearney, Nebraska, for the 14th annual Environment, Health and Safety Summit Friday, September 28.

The daylong summit presented by the Nebraska Ethanol Board will feature speakers from agencies and organizations across the country, including the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, Air Regulations Consultants, NAQS Environmental Experts and Pinnacle Engineering.

“This is a great opportunity to network and learn about the latest regulations and compliance changes, especially as ethanol plants implement new technology and expand operations,” said Megan Grimes, Nebraska Ethanol Board program manager. “We are proud that the summit is attracting companies both directly and indirectly related to the ethanol industry, including organizations that focus on air quality and environmental compliance.”

To organize and put on the summit, the Nebraska Ethanol Board works with a variety of private partners and ethanol plant personnel that focus on compliance, worker safety and public health issues. College students are invited to attend and may qualify for a scholarship to waive the registration fee.

The event is presented in cooperation with Renewable Fuels Nebraska and the Nebraska Ethanol Industry Coalition, and is open to professionals who work in environmental compliance, worker safety, and processing and manufacturing. For registration details, contact the Nebraska Ethanol Board at 402-471-2941 or visit www.ethanol.nebraska.gov/wordpress/events/ehs-summit/.

Nebraska Ethanol Board to Meet Sept. 14, 2018

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Ethanol Board will meet Friday, Sept. 14, at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel (333 S. 13th Street) in downtown Lincoln.

The board welcomes soon-to-be Administrator Sarah Thornton Caswell to the meeting. Caswell has extensive experience in the bio-industry sector and recently served as vice president of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Edeniq, a technology firm serving the biofuels industry. Caswell earned her law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., and is a member of the Illinois Bar. She will assume the role of board administrator Sept. 17.

This will be the last board meeting for long-time Nebraska Ethanol Board Administrator Todd Sneller, who retires Sept. 14.

The meeting agenda is as follows:

  1. Call Meeting to Order
  2. Approval of Agenda
  3. Approval of Minutes
  4. Budget Report
  5. Contracts
  6. Notary
  7. Presentation: Mark Wilkins, UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  8. Husker Motorsports Team
  9. Dues & Subscriptions
  10. Marketing & Education
  11. E30 Road Test in Legacy Vehicles
  12. State and Federal Legislation
  13. American Coalition for Ethanol – Ron Lamberty & Liz Bunkers
  14. Ethanol Plant Reports
  15. Fuel Retailer Reports
  16. Chair’s Report
  17. Administrator’s Report
  18. Working Lunch
  19. Travel Reports and Authorization
  20. Personnel
  21. Next Meeting Date
  22. Adjourn

This agenda contains all items to come before the Board except those items of an emergency nature.

 

Long-Time Ethanol Board Administrator to Retire

Todd Sneller, Outgoing NEB Administrator
Sarah Thornton Caswell, Upcoming NEB Administrator

LINCOLN, Neb. – Todd Sneller, administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, will retire Sept. 14 after more than 40 years of service with the state of Nebraska.

Sneller started his career in 1976 as a staff assistant with the Agriculture Products Industrial Utilization Committee, now the Nebraska Ethanol Board. He left for a brief period from 1978 to spring 1979 to work as a business development consultant for the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. In May 1979, the Nebraska Ethanol Board recruited him to serve as their administrator, a role he has held ever since.

“It has been my privilege to work with a host of forward-looking policymakers at the state and national level during my career,” Sneller said. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with top business leaders during the process of developing a new economic sector in the state.”

Starting his administrator career when the U.S. faced the third serious oil supply shortage of the 1970s, Sneller engaged in advancing ethanol from a concept to a partial replacement of fossil fuels. The U.S. gasoline supply now contains more than 10 percent ethanol and Nebraska ranks No. 2 nationally in ethanol production. The state has 25 plants with an annual production capacity of 2.5 billion gallons of ethanol.

“Nebraska’s ethanol industry generates more than $5 billion annually,” Sneller said. “That economic impact in concert with the corn, livestock and bio-products sectors plays a significant role in the economy of Nebraska and in agriculture specifically. Perhaps most importantly, ethanol plants greatly contribute to the economic health of the Nebraska counties where they reside.”

The Nebraska Ethanol Board selected Sarah Thornton Caswell of Omaha as the next administrator. Caswell has extensive experience in the bio-industry sector and recently served as vice president of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Edeniq, a technology firm serving the biofuels industry. Caswell earned her juris doctor from American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., and is a member of the Illinois Bar. She will assume the role of board administrator Sept. 17.

“Todd’s contributions to ethanol development extend beyond Nebraska, but his dedicated efforts in the state have helped create a new economic sector,” said Jan tenBensel, Nebraska Ethanol Board chairman. “We are pleased to have Sarah Caswell take the reins as the Board continues to advance into bio-products created from the ethanol platform.”

Established in 1971, the Ethanol Board assists ethanol producers with programs and strategies for marketing ethanol and related co-products. The Board supports organizations and policies that advocate the increased use of ethanol fuels – and administers public information, education and ethanol research projects. The Board also assists companies and organizations in the development of ethanol production facilities in Nebraska. For more information, please visit www.ethanol.nebraska.gov.

E85 Savings for Flex Fuel Drivers in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. – Nebraska flex fuel drivers can take advantage of huge savings on E85 at Anderson Convenience Market in Omaha (140th & Center). E85 will be discounted by 85 cents from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. Consumers will be limited to 30 gallons and no containers are allowed.

Nebraska Ethanol and Corn Board staff, along with Bryan High School FFA students, will be on site greeting drivers, pumping fuel and providing giveaways.

Anderson Convenience Market was rebuilt in fall 2017, and has a range of fuel including cleaner-burner E85 for flex fuel vehicles. The location is a full-service convenience store offering hot food, grocery items and clean restrooms.

“We applaud Anderson Convenience Market for providing consumers more choice and offering cleaner-burning, homegrown fuel at a lower cost,” said Megan Grimes, Nebraska Ethanol Board program manager. “Drivers now have another great option for fuel and food in the Omaha metro.”

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.

“Using higher blends of ethanol is a good decision for all Nebraskans,” Grimes said. “It helps the state’s economy, consumers’ wallets, vehicle engines and the environment. Ethanol’s impact across the country and the globe continues to grow, but it starts right here at home.”

Anderson Convenience Market was established as a family business in 1952. Today, the company operates facilities across the Omaha market specializing in quality brands and exceptional service.

E85 Savings at CPI Giltner

GILTNER, NE – Flex fuel vehicle drivers can save 85 cents per gallon on E85 at Cooperative Producers Inc. in Giltner (23 Railroad St.) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 24. Consumers will be limited to 30 gallons and no containers are allowed.

Complimentary hot dogs and soft drinks will be available to customers throughout the promotion. Nebraska Ethanol Board, Nebraska Corn Board and local corn growers will be on site greeting drivers, pumping fuel, and providing giveaways.

“When we choose renewable biofuels at the pump, we save money and support a homegrown fuel,” said Megan Grimes, Nebraska Ethanol Board program manager. “Nebraska-produced biofuels are cost-effective, American-made, renewable, and better for our environment.”

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.

American Ethanol is a clean-burning, non-toxic, renewable source of octane. Using homegrown, locally-produced ethanol reduces the levels of harmful chemicals in our fuel — and in the air we breathe.

The Advancement of Ethanol in Nebraska

http://www.nebraska.gov/policies/