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Renewable Fuels Month Filled with Consumer Savings

LINCOLN, Nebraska – Just in time for summer vacations and trips to the lake, Nebraska drivers will save on ethanol blends every Friday in May for Renewable Fuels Month.

Select retailers in Omaha, Grand Island and Bellevue are offering discounts on cleaner-burning American Ethanol and one location is discounting biodiesel!

  • Friday, May 4
    • Bucky’s – 3052 S. 84th St., Omaha
    • Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Discount: $0.85 OFF per gallon of E85
  • Friday, May 11
    • Kum & Go – 14353 Q St., Omaha
    • Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Discount: E15 and E85 for $0.99/gallon
  • Friday, May 18
    • Bosselman Travel Center – 3335 W Wood River Rd., Grand Island
    • Time: 4-7 p.m.
    • Discount: Clean 88 (E15) for $1.88/gallon, E85 for $0.85/gallon, and $1 OFF per gallon of automotive biodiesel
  • Friday, May 25
    • Pump & Pantry – 3605 Summit Plaza Dr., Bellevue
    • Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Discount: Clean 88 (E15) for $1.88/gallon and E85 for $0.85/gallon

Find all the details for the fuel promotions at http://americanethanolne.org/renewable-fuels-promo/.

E15 (15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline) is approved for use in all passenger vehicles 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.

Biofuels serve as a low-cost option for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation sources. According to the U.S. Departments of Energy and Agriculture, ethanol reduces GHG emissions by 40-45 percent compared to gasoline.

Renewable Fuels Month is coordinated through the Nebraska Ethanol Board, the Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Soybean Board. Several promotional events are also being posted throughout the month on their social media platforms. Visit www.AmericanEthanolNE.org and www.BiodieselNE.com for more details.

A portion of Kum & Go, Bosselman Travel Center and Pump & Pantry’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.

Big Savings on Biofuels This Thursday

Deep Discounts on E85 and Biodiesel to Celebrate Renewable Fuels Month

LINCOLN, NE — May is Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska, and Nebraska’s corn and soybean farmers are giving consumers in the Lincoln area cause to celebrate.

Renewable biofuels will be offered at steep discount from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 at Shoemaker’s South Travel Center at 1200 Saltillo Road.

E85, a blend of 85 percent American Ethanol and 15 percent ordinary unleaded gasoline, will be offered for just 85 cents per gallon, with a limit of 30 gallons per customer.  E85 is for use in flex fuel vehicles only.  About one in seven Nebraskans drives a flex fuel vehicle, which is indicated in the owner’s manual, by an insignia on the tailgate or trunk, or a yellow gas cap.

During the three-hour promotion, soy biodiesel will be available for a one dollar-per-gallon discount with a limit of 50 gallons per customer.  Soy biodiesel can be used in any diesel-powered vehicle with no modifications required.

Both American Ethanol and soy biodiesel are clean-burning, renewable fuels made from Nebraska commodities.   American Ethanol and soy biodiesel reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the amount of toxic particulate matter in vehicle exhaust, improving air quality and reducing threats to human health.

The biofuels pump promotion is being sponsored by Shoemaker’s, the Nebraska Ethanol Board and by Nebraska’s corn and soybean farmers and their checkoffs.

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Biofuel Education Videos Now Available

LINCOLN, Neb. – New biofuel videos available for education on both the economic and environmental benefits of using renewable biofuels.

The Nebraska Ethanol Board released white board-style biofuel videos starring gruff military man Colonel Korn and modern couple Andy & Sandy. The videos can be viewed on the Nebraska Ethanol Board YouTube Channel: http://ow.ly/TaCk4

“The educational messages embodied in the new videos are an excellent means of communicating the benefits of ethanol to students as well as older adults,” said Todd Sneller, Nebraska Ethanol Board administrator. “They are brief, factual and quicColonel_Kern_Nebraska_Ethanol2kly convey the economic, environment and public health advantages associated with ethanol and other biofuels.”

Colonel Korn takes the audience on a journey through Nebraska’s $5 billion ethanol industry. He shares why American Ethanol is important to the state and the world, discussing exports and co-product use along the way.

Looking to be a good environmental steward, Andy relies on Sandy to explain the benefits of using biofuels to reduce harmful toxics in the air. Sandy shares the air quality benefits of fueling up with American Ethanol and biodiesel.

The new videos will be used throughout the state to inform consumers about the benefits of biofuels. The videos are available to share online, but DVDs also can be requested through the Nebraska Ethanol Board office.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NebraskaEthanolBoard/videos

Website: http://ethanol.nebraska.gov/wordpress/news-media/videos/

YouTube: http://ow.ly/TaCk4


Omaha-Council Bluffs Region Meets New Ozone Standard

The following article came from the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Planning Agency Oct. 1, 2015.

Omaha, NE-Oct. 1, 2015 – The Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area meets the new ground-level ozone standard released today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA announced this afternoon that it strengthened the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion (ppb) from 75 ppb to protect public health. The Douglas County Health Department monitors ground-level ozone for the region and reports the area is in compliance with the new standard.

In recent years, ozone levels in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area have ranged in the upper 60s, though it does rise into the 70s range at times. The Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA) coordinates “Little Steps. Big Impact,” an ozone education and awareness program aimed at helping mitigate the ozone problem in the metro area.

“The new national air quality standard for ozone means it is all the more important that the metro area continues to work to retain its clean air status both for the competitive advantage it provides and for the health of residents,” said Greg Youell, MAPA Executive Director.

Some of the “Little steps” citizens are asked to do to help reduce ground-level ozone include:
1. Driving less by biking, walking, taking public transit, and carpooling
2. Refueling at dusk or nighttime to avoid greater loss of fuel through evaporation
3. Choosing cleaner-burning fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel
4. Not idling a vehicle for more than 30 seconds
5. Capping all paints, solvents, and cleaners
6. Using electric or manual lawn equipment when possible, or using it during cooler hours of the day

Elevated ozone concentrations could pose a risk to the health of those with chronic respiratory problems, such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis, and could carry greater regulatory consequences for the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area if it does not meet federal air quality standards.

Ground-level ozone is formed when several common airborne pollutants, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), react with sunlight and heat. Vehicle exhaust and petroleum evaporative loss are the largest source of these pollutants. For more information, visit littlestepsbigimpact.com or www.douglascountyhealth.com.