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Gov. Ricketts, Ethanol Advocates Urge EPA to Maintain RFS

Proposed RFS changes could be damaging to Nebraska’s economy

LINCOLN, Neb. – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and Nebraska ethanol industry leaders commented on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed change that would slash billions of gallons of ethanol from the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

The proposed changes are scheduled for a hearing today in Kansas City, Kansas. Nebraska Energy Office Director David Bracht will testify on behalf of the State of Nebraska in opposition to the EPA’s proposed changes to the RFS.dontmess_logo-297x300

“Corn ethanol adds jobs and economic growth, strengthens Nebraska’s corn markets, and creates a valuable co-product that enhances our cattle feeding sector,” said Governor Pete Ricketts. “The EPA’s lack of commitment to the RFS is already driving potential investment away from our state. On a trade mission earlier this month, the CEO of a major biofuels company told me that his business previously had interest in expanding in the United States, but that the EPA’s recent proposal to reduce the RFS is a hurdle to future expansion plans.”

“When the RFS was established in 2005, Nebraska’s corn and biofuels sectors set themselves on a course of action,” said Nebraska Energy Office Director David Bracht. “They recognized the value this policy had in diversification of the U.S. domestic fuel supply, while providing economic benefits for healthy, sustainable rural communities. Our state has joined others in the Midwest and proved our ability to create a supply chain that has, and can, fulfill a consistently growing demand for ethanol. We’ve done it, and we can continue to do it, if given the chance.”

“Our corn farmers and ethanol processors have shown that through innovation and efficiency, they can continue to advance this home-grown fuel,” Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach said. “EPA’s proposal fails to recognize this fact and surely will stifle future investment and activity in this sector. In addition, it depresses a value-added market for our corn, hurting farmers and our rural economies.”

“Nebraska’s second-in-the-nation ranking for ethanol production means that it plays an important role in our state’s economy,” said Paul Kenney, Chair of the Nebraska Ethanol Board. “The EPA’s proposal to dramatically reduce the amount of corn ethanol in the RFS would not only harm Nebraska’s 24 ethanol plants, but it would also be devastating to our state’s farmers who produce the feedstock for the plants and the cattle feeders who rely on the high-quality feed ethanol plants to provide for their cattle.”

“All the work and investment that Nebraska corn and livestock farmers have put into building the ethanol industry is at risk. We’ve already seen corn prices drift at or below the cost of production and cutting the use of corn for ethanol could drive prices even lower,” said Tim Scheer, a farmer from St. Paul, Nebraska, and Chairman of the Nebraska Corn Board. “This decision could also idle capacity and restrict access to the distillers grain market for the livestock sector.”

“Ethanol is a critical element for Nebraskans and Americans who wish to build a diverse energy portfolio and a cleaner future,” said Chief Executive Officer Todd Becker of Green Plains, the largest ethanol producer in Nebraska and the fourth largest producer in the country. “Ethanol companies have over $5 billion in capital invested just in Nebraska alone, and these investments have helped to create over 3,000 jobs in the state.  By adhering to the Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) in the RFS as they were established by Congress, the policy can continue to drive investment in the private sector as it was intended.”

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.

American Ethanol Car to Appear at Nebraska State FFA Convention

LINCOLN, Neb. — American Ethanol is proud to announce its partnership with the Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Ethanol Board and ethanol producer Green Plains Inc. to promote homegrown American Ethanol at this week’s Nebraska State FFA Convention held April 8-10, 2015.

“We are thrilled to team up with American Ethanol to bring awareness for Nebraska-grown biofuels to FFA students all across Nebraska,” said Kim Clark of the Nebraska Corn Board. “The ethanol industry in Nebraska has created thousands of high-paying jobs in the state and we are excited to share the opportunities for those interested in a future in value-added agriculture.”

In addition to the interactive Biofuels Mobile Education Center provided by the Nebraska Corn Board, the American Ethanol No. 3 Chevrolet SS driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver Austin Dillon for Richard Childress Racing will be on display for FFA attendees. This car, along with every other vehicle in NASCAR’s three race series, has collectively raced more than 7 million miles on renewable Sunoco Green E15.

“I am proud to run with American Ethanol on the No. 3 Chevy SS,” said Dillon. “American Ethanol is green, renewable and a high performance fuel. It emulates exactly what we believe in at Richard Childress Racing.”

In 2011, NASCAR partnered with American Ethanol and has since been committed to using cleaner burning fuel. Since the transition to E15, drivers have noticed increased horsepower and performance, further validating E15 as a super fuel. Every race car in NASCAR also bears the American Ethanol fuel port logo and each weekend, American Ethanol powers race winners to Victory Lane.

Nebraska is the second largest ethanol producing state in the country with a combined annual production capacity of 2 billion gallons of ethanol and 6 million tons of high-quality livestock feed. The state is home to 24 ethanol plants.

“The ethanol industry has been vital to the ag economy in the state,” said Todd Sneller of the Nebraska Ethanol Board. “Not only has the industry brought in major tax dollars for the state, it also has helped bring a cleaner burning fuel to Nebraska drivers, which helps support our economy and reduces our dangerous dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil, all while providing consumers a choice and savings at the pump. Ethanol is a win – win and we are proud to support sustainable fuels that will help power our growing energy needs for generations to come.”

About American Ethanol

Representing a wide array of ethanol supporters, from farmers to bio-engineering firms, American Ethanol was established by Growth Energy, in partnership with the National Corn Growers Association and others. By establishing a marketing partnership with NASCAR in the2011 racing season when NASCAR switched its fuel to Sunoco Green E15, American Ethanol aims to educate and inform the American public about the benefits of U.S.-made ethanol. For more information, visit www.AmericanEthanolRacing.com follow us on Twitter @AmericanEthanol or connect with us on Facebook.