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USDA Announces State Finalists for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership

CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Sept. 10, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that 21 states will receive grants through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to add infrastructure needed to supply more renewable fuel to America’s drivers. Since announcing the program in May 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) received applications requesting over $130 million, outpacing the $100 million that is available. With a more than 1:1 match from private and state resources, USDA estimates that the BIP grants will support nearly 5,000 pumps at over 1,400 fueling stations across the country.

“The quality and geographic diversity of the applications, backed by supportive state and private partners, demonstrate the strong demand across the country for cleaner, more affordable fuel,” said Secretary Vilsack. “The Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership is one approach USDA is using to aggressively pursue investments in American-grown renewable energy to create new markets for U.S. farmers and ranchers, help Americans save money on their energy bills, support America’s clean energy economy, cut carbon pollution and reduce dependence on foreign oil and costly fossil fuels.”

A typical gas pump delivers fuel with 10 percent ethanol, which limits the amount of renewable energy most consumers can purchase at the pump. USDA estimates that this investment will more than double the number of stations that offer intermediate blends of ethanol, mainly E15 fuel levels, nationwide.

Through BIP, USDA will award competitive grants, matched by states, to expand the infrastructure for distribution of higher blends of ethanol. BIP funds from the Commodity Credit Corporation must be used to pay a portion of the costs related to the installation of fuel pumps and related infrastructure dedicated to the distribution of higher ethanol blends, for example E15 and E85, at vehicle fueling locations. The matching contributions may be used for these items or for related costs such as additional infrastructure to support pumps, marketing, education, data collection, program evaluation and administrative costs. This partnership will expand markets for farmers, support rural economic growth and the jobs that come with it, and ultimately give consumers more choices at the pump.

The preliminary list of state finalists and estimated pumps includes:

Colorado 28

Florida 892

Illinois 428

Indiana 110

Iowa 187

Kansas 174

Louisiana 110

Michigan 89

Minnesota 620

Missouri 171

Nebraska 80

North Carolina 190

North Dakota 90

Ohio 148

Pennsylvania 308

South Dakota 74

Texas 763

Virginia-Maryland 191

West Virginia 107

Wisconsin 120

TOTAL 4880

Funding amounts for each state will be announced at a later date. For more information about BIP, visit the Energy Programs website.

Creighton Express Celebrates Anniversary of Flex Fuel Pumps

LINCOLN, Neb. – A grand opening celebration marking the one-year anniversary of the  flex fuel pumps at Creighton Express fueling station in Creighton, Nebraska, is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23.

The flex fuel pump celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with American Ethanol fuel discounts. Flex fuel vehicle owners can13NETH-017_FFV FAQ handout.indd save $0.85/gallon on E85 — a blend of 85 percent American Ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, and $0.30/gallon on E30—a blend of 30 percent American Ethanol and 70 percent gasoline. A free lunch of hot dogs, chips and a small fountain drink will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“In addition to savings at the pump and complimentary lunch, we will have American Ethanol giveaways and gift card drawings,” said Kim Clark, Nebraska Corn Board director of biofuels development. “If you are unsure if you drive a flex fuel vehicle, come visit us during the grand opening.”

Creighton Express is one of more than 85 locations in Nebraska with flex fuel pumps that offer American Ethanol-blended fuels for flex fuel vehicles. These flex fuel pumps were paid for in part by a grant provided by the Nebraska Corn Board and Husker Ag, LLC. During the last two years, Nebraska Corn Board, in cooperation with the Nebraska Ethanol Board and Husker Ag has helped the state more than double the number of locations that offer American Ethanol-blended fuels such as E10, E15, E30 and E85. Husker Ag has provided grant money and ethanol for several retail locations in northeast Nebraska including Creighton Express.

“While gas prices tend to increase during the busy summer months, flex fuel vehicle owners can enjoy greater savings at the pump when they use American Ethanol-blended fuels,” said Seth Harder, Husker Ag general manager.

Currently, one in seven Nebraska motorists drives a flex fuel vehicle, which can run on any blend of American Ethanol and gasoline, up to E85. To confirm your vehicle is flex fuel, look for a yellow gas cap, flex fuel emblem or check your owner’s manual.

When drivers fill up on American Ethanol-blended fuels, they’re improving air quality and reducing the causes of asthma, heart disease and brain and lung cancer not only for themselves but also their children and grandchildren. E85 is approved as a Clean Air Choice® and when flex fuel drivers fill up with E85 and other American Ethanol-blended fuels they are significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions that enter our air, according to the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest.

“When flex fuel drivers fill up with American Ethanol blended fuels, they are not only improving our air and helping the environment, but they are also strengthening Nebraska’s economy, creating jobs, and making our country more energy independent — and that’s something any driver can take pride in,” Clark added.

To find a list of retailers that offer E85 and other mid-level ethanol blends, visit the Nebraska Corn Board website at www.NebraskaCorn.org or the Nebraska Ethanol Board website at www.ethanol.nebraska.gov.

Competition Heats Up as Formula SAE Races to Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. — More than 250 universities from around the world will showcase and race their custom Formula-style cars at Lincoln Airpark June 17-20 during the Formula SAE series.

The Nebraska Ethanol Board is a proud supporter of the Husker Motorsports team, which 2015 Formula SAE Lincoln black stackedraces on E85 (85 percent ethanol and 15 percent unleaded gasoline). Formula SAE combustion teams have the choice of using either E85 or unleaded gasoline.

“We run E85 because it is a part of Nebraska’s culture and we like to represent our state well at competitions,” said Charles Lee, Husker Motorsports member. “There is an additional technical benefit of E85 having an extremely high octane rating.”

Husker Motorsports

Husker Motorsports is advised by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lecturer William Dick and comprised of the following engineering students: Sam Buller, Lincoln, Neb.; Dylan Hall, Newcastle, Neb.; Greg Lantz, Lincoln, Neb.; Charles Lee, Omaha, Neb.; Andrew Lewis, West Des Moines, Iowa; Daniel Marymee, Houston, Texas; Jarrad Murrish, Kearney, Neb.; James Peck, Hancock, Mich.; Brad Shaner, Lincoln, Neb.; Cody Thompson, Lincoln, Neb.; Miles Wynn, Albion, Neb.; Cody Voris, Omaha, Neb; Jake Culey, Kearney, Neb.; Daniel Widdershoven, Omaha, Neb.; and Steven Christy, Lincoln, Neb.

“We are very fortunate that the competition moved to Lincoln several years ago, which led to the formation of our team and provides great opportunities for our members,” Lee said. “We are proud to represent Nebraska and UNL by going head to head with some of the country’s top universities.”

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Dan Schwartzkopf

In addition to the competition, there will be a meet and greet with Dan Schwartzkopf, former National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) drag racer, June 17 from 1-4 p.m. at the main Airpark tent.

Schwartzkopf, who raced more than 15 years, was the first producer of race ethanol provided to the Indy Racing League. He has been promoting ethanol as a performance fuel since 1992, and continues to work as a fuel tech for Ethanol Performance Fuel and other venues.

“Ethanol is cleaner-burning with higher octane allowing it to compete with all race fuels while reducing emissions,” Schwartzkopf said. “Ethanol is competitive in several ways: it costs less, performance is equal or better than unleaded gasoline, non-toxic octane booster for high-compression engines, and it’s healthier for the driver and the environment.”

About Formula SAE: Formula SAE is a student design competition organized by SAE International (Society of Automotive Engineers). The concept behind Formula SAE is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a design team to develop a small Formula-style race car. The prototype race car is to be evaluated for its potential as a production item. The target marketing group for the race car is the non-professional weekend autocross racer. Each student team designs, builds and tests a prototype based on a series of rules whose purpose is both to ensure onsite event operations and promote clever problem-solving.

USDA Offers $100M for Ethanol Pumps

This article was originally published on The Hill and can be found here.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering states up to $100 million to encourage the use of gasoline pumps that blend high amounts of ethanol into the fuel.15NEIC-001 Ethanol Forum pocket agenda_HR3

The effort is meant to bring more ethanol to consumers that can use high blends, like 15 percent or 85 percent ethanol.

The announcement came Friday, the same day the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) disappointed corn growers and others involved in ethanol production by proposing an ethanol blending mandate lower than than the targets set in law.

“American-made, clean energy sources support the environment, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, create jobs and sustain the economy in rural communities across the country,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement.

“With this partnership, USDA is helping to ensure the infrastructure is in place for consumers to access more renewable fuels, expand marketing opportunities for farmers, and grow America’s rural economies,” he said.

The USDA program will match state funds to help install so-called blender pumps, which allow consumers to specify the amount of ethanol in their gasoline.

Only certain vehicles and engines can handle more than 10 percent ethanol in gasoline, a factor that has affected how high the EPA will go with its mandate.

But for owners of the engines that can handle higher blends, the special pumps could be the key to injecting more ethanol into the market, the USDA said.

The USDA hopes to double the number of ethanol blending pumps in the country through the new grants, it said.

Kum & Go to Offer E85 Fuel for $0.85/gal

Flex-Fuel Vehicle Owners Can Save on American Ethanol-Blended Fuel for Six Consecutive Thursdays in the Omaha Metro Area

OMAHA, Neb. — Drivers of flex-fuel vehicles in Nebraska and Iowa will be able to fill up with E85 for just $0.85/gal during six upcoming promotions at Kum & Go locations in the Omaha metro.

The promotions will take place as follows:

  • THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — 90th & Boyd St.

  • THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2015

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — 168th & Maple

  • THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2015

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — 195th & West Center

  • THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2015

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — 4443 S. 84th

  • THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2015

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — 1819 N. 72nd

  • THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — 10764 Virginia Plaza, Papillion

Note: There is a limit of 30 gallons and no containers are allowed.

Currently, one in seven drivers in the Omaha metro has a flex fuel vehicle, which can run on any blend of American Ethanol and gasoline, from E10 to E85. However, many drivers do not realize they own a flex fuel vehicle, let alone the additional fuel options they have at the pump. To confirm your vehicle is flex fuel, look for a yellow fuel cap, a flex fuel emblem or check your owner’s manual.

“Consumers like to have a choice when they are making a purchasing decision at the pump,” said Jim Pirolli, Kum & Go vice president of fuels. “Kum & Go will soon begin to offer E15 at locations in Omaha and already offers E85 at seven locations across the metro area. The E85 promotions are a great way to bring awareness to the variety of fuel blends we offer and provide an opportunity to promote the many environmental and economic benefits of ethanol-blended fuels.”

According to the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest, when flex fuel drivers fill up with E85 – a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, and other American Ethanol-blended fuels, they’re improving air quality and reducing causes of asthma, heart disease and lung cancer not only for themselves but also their children and grandchildren. E85 is approved as a Clean Air Choice® and when flex fuel drivers fill up with E85 rather than 100 percent gasoline, they are significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions that enter our air.

“The health and environmental benefits of American Ethanol are so great we want all consumers to use American Ethanol,” said Ryan Welsh, American Ethanol director of sales & marketing. “Even if a consumer doesn’t drive a flex fuel vehicle, they still have the option to use American Ethanol fuel such E15 and reap the benefits.”

All standard vehicles can operate on E10, a blend of 10 percent American Ethanol and 90 percent unleaded gasoline.  E15 with 15 percent American Ethanol has been approved for use in all standard vehicle models year 2001 and newer.  E15 is gaining a foothold at retailers across the U.S. and is available at a growing number of locations.

The E85 promotion is sponsored by Green Plains, Iowa Corn Promotion Board, Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Ethanol Board in cooperation with Kum & Go. For additional information about these promotions and American Ethanol, visit E85Omaha.com.