Fighting Ethanol Fires DVD Available to Fire Departments

March 3, 2008

In order to help promote safety, the Nebraska Ethanol Board is making available a free DVD on the most effective way to fight ethanol fires.

Recently, the Renewable Fuels Association conducted a study to determine the most effective way to fight ethanol fires. A video summarizing the results of the study can be viewed online at http://www.ethanolrfa.org/industry/resources/safety/

The Nebraska Ethanol Board would like to make copies of the video available to fire departments, ethanol producers, and related industries free of charge. If your organization would like to request a DVD copy of the video, please contact Billy DeFrain at 402-471-2941 or email billy.defrain@ethanol.ne.gov with the name of your organization and a mailing address.

To receive further updates from the Nebraska Ethanol Board, please e-mail billy.defrain@ethanol.ne.gov.

Established in 1971, the Nebraska 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-focused research projects. The NEB also assists companies and organization in the development of ethanol production facilities in Nebraska Visit the NEB on the web at www.ethanol.nebraska.gov.

To receive news releases from the Nebraska Ethanol Board via email, please email billy.defrain@ethanol.ne.gov

Research Shows Ethanol Lowers GHG Emissions

February 15, 2008

Numerous scientific studies have proved that ethanol fuels emit fewer greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline and create a net energy gain.

Several states are currently evaluating low carbon gasoline standards as a means of reducing greenhouse gases (GHG). Such standards may require that future gasoline blends reduce greenhouse gases by at least 20% over a conventional gasoline baseline. Greater use of ethanol in gasoline is considered the most economic means of reducing GHG emissions to required levels.

A recent study at the University of Nebraska found that ethanol from switchgrass has 94% lower lifecycle GHG emissions than gasoline and creates a 540% net positive energy gain.

In a recent letter to Science magazine, scientists Michael Wang and Zia Haq wrote that ethanol use can decrease GHG emissions as corn yields per acre increase and ethanol production becomes more energy efficient and uses fewer fossil fuels.

On the basis of our own analyses, production of corn-based ethanol in the United States so far results in moderate GHG emissions reductions, Wang and Haq wrote.

Corn yields per acre have increased steadily by 800 percent in the past 100 years, and more ethanol plants are using alternative sources of energy, such as the Siouxland Ethanol plant in Jackson which uses methane gas harvested from a nearby landfill, said Todd Sneller, administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board.

Researchers agree that ethanol burns cleaner in your car and emits fewer greenhouse gases than gasoline, Sneller said. Ethanol is an alternative fuel that creates a net gain for Nebraskans in so many ways through cleaner air, lower fuel prices and a stronger economy.

Ethanol Adds Millions to State Revenue

January 29, 2008

A new report released by Ethanol Across America shows that U.S. ethanol plants generate hundreds of millions of dollars to local, state, and federal governments through direct and indirect economic generation.

The Economic Impacts of Ethanol Production chronicles the impacts of these facilities through case studies and examination of existing studies. The total of state income taxes and property taxes generated by ethanol plants was more than $2.2 billion in 2006 and is estimated to approach $3 billion by 2008.

These are substantial sums that result directly from these facilities, said U.S. Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE), Co-Chairman of the Ethanol Across America campaign. When indirect and induced jobs are considered, along with capital spending and investment, the ethanol industry is adding more than $40 billion of gross output to the U.S. economy. These are monies that are being returned to our local communities and providing improved public services, said Senator Nelson.

The report looks at the ripple effect of these facilities and ethanol’s role in reducing gasoline prices. By displacing oil imports, ethanol can reduce the U.S. trade deficit by $13 billion annually. The USDA estimates that ethanol production will reduce federal farm subsidies by nearly $1 billion over the next seven years.

We are keeping U.S. dollars at home, plain and simple, said U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD), another member of the Ethanol Across American Advisory Board. We are increasing net farm receipts, reducing federal farm subsidies, and lowering gasoline prices by expanding the overall fuel supply. And we are doing this with little if any impact on food prices.

Economists found that a prospective 100 million gallon per year ethanol plant could create $10 million of annual income in a typical Nebraskan community. Nebraska is the second largest state for ethanol production, with 20 plants producing 1.3 billion gallons per year.

Todd Sneller, administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, said the positive impact ethanol has had on Nebraska is obvious.

Ethanol has brought thousands of jobs to Nebraska and has created millions in wealth that flows back to our local communities, Sneller said. Nebraska ethanol is a four billion dollar industry, and that gets bigger each year.

Water Issues Special Topic at Ethanol Board Meeting

January 22, 2008

Two guest speakers will make featured presentations about ground water levels and water usage at the Nebraska Ethanol Board meeting on Friday, Jan. 25. The presentations will address issues raised in recent national reports regarding water resource management as Nebraska and the nation increase biofuels production.

The guest speakers include Greg Krissek of ICM and Mark Burbach of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Krissek is director of governmental affairs at ICM and chair of the board of the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition. Krissek will speak about water usage in ethanol production as compared to other uses of water.

Burbach is an environmental scientist at the School of Natural Resources at UN-L and studies groundwater quality and quantity. Burbach will present on groundwater levels in Nebraska and review the most recent results of water surveys in Nebraska.

The Nebraska Ethanol Board will meet on January 25, 2008 at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn at 141 9th St. in Lincoln. Special presentations will begin at about 10 a.m.

Ethanol Board Wins Grant for E85 Outreach

January 14, 2008

The Nebraska Ethanol Board has been awarded a $55,000 grant for use in an E85 Outreach and Marketing program. E85 is a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. It is intended for use in flexible fuel vehicles. Nebraska currently has 38 E85 stations but more than 60,000 flexible fuel vehicles are operating in Nebraska. The E85 outreach and marketing program will be designed to expand the network of stations offering E85 in Nebraska.

Grant funds will support workshops to train ethanol producers, E85 distributors and marketers for the direct marketing of E85 from producers to local retailers. The one-day workshops will be offered on multiple dates and cover EPA ethanol storage requirements, fuel tax incentives, ethanol safety and handling training, and E85 marketing and brand awareness.

The project will be funded in part by a grant from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development administered by the Nebraska Rural Development Commission. The Clean Fuels Development Coalition, the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition and the Clean Fuels Foundation are providing matching funds and in-kind contributions for the project.

Ethanol has brought much in terms of jobs and wealth to Nebraska, said Todd Sneller, administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board. By encouraging direct relationships between ethanol producers and their communities, drivers get a cheaper fuel for their cars and the number of E85 pumps in Nebraska increases. This approach also increases ethanol demand in Nebraska. It’s a win-win strategy.

Doug Durante of the CFDC said that ethanol, a cheaper, cleaner alternative to gas, helps wean America off of foreign energy sources while strengthening local economies.

Many communities have a stake in their local ethanol plant. The E85 Outreach project funded by this grant award will encourage direct economic relationships that keep the wealth local, Durante said.

We look forward to a continued partnership with the Nebraska Ethanol Board to expand the infrastructure required to increase marketing of E85 across Nebraska, said Phil Lampert of the NEVC.

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