March 12, 2008
Ethanol sales in Nebraska hit a record high in December as 77% of gasoline sold contained ethanol.
Todd Sneller, administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, said that more Nebraskans are buying ethanol because it’s cleaner and less expensive than gasoline.
Right now the price of gasoline is driving up the cost of everything. Ethanol offers battered wallets relief at the pump, Sneller said. The ethanol industry continues to develop production methods that lower lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions, whether by incorporating energy efficient production methods or by developing new sources of ethanol like cellulosic materials. Ethanol will continue to provide economic and environmental benefits across the country.
Energy usage in ethanol production and the potential of cellulosic ethanol are just two topics of the Ethanol 2008: Emerging Issues Forum set for this week in Omaha.
The Emerging Issues Forum is an annual regional conference for ethanol producers and marketers and related industries. Other topics this year will include the federal energy bill, developments in project financing, and water usage in ethanol production. The entire list of guest speakers and topics is available at the Nebraska Ethanol Board website.
The Forum will be held March 13-14 at the Magnolia Hotel in Omaha. For more information on the Ethanol 2008: Emerging Issues Forum and to download a registration form, please visit http://www.ethanol.nebraska.gov/forum.htm.