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Flex Fuel Grand Opening in Gothenburg

Blue Heron Renewable Flex Fuel Plaza

GOTHENBURG, NE – Flex fuel vehicle drivers can take advantage of huge savings on E85 for just $0.85 a gallon at the Gothenburg Blue Heron Renewable Flex Fuel Plaza (1102 S. Lake Ave.) Thursday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Consumers will be limited to 30 gallons and no containers are allowed.

Lt. Governor Mike Foley, state officials and the Gothenburg Chamber of Commerce will kick off the ribbon cutting at 9:30 a.m. to mark the grand opening of the new flex fuel pumps. Complimentary refreshments will be available to customers throughout the promotion. Nebraska Ethanol Board, Nebraska Corn Board and local corn growers will be on site greeting drivers, pumping fuel, and providing giveaways.

Blue Heron is the only fuel station in Gothenburg with flex fuel pumps offering a variety of cleaner-burning ethanol blends. The flex fuel pumps now dispense E10, E15, E30, E40 and E85. The station is also strategically located along Interstate 80 (exit 211) and Highway 47.

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“There was a need and an opportunity to provide more ethanol blends at a great price in central Nebraska,” said Scott McPheeters, Nebraska Ethanol Board member and Gothenburg farmer. “Blue Heron is a great location to attract business from the more than 15,000 vehicles a day traveling on Interstate 80.”

 

In addition to state and federal grant support, ethanol producers in central Nebraska have chipped in to support Blue Heron. KAAPA Ethanol in Minden, Nebraska, sponsored fuel canopy and billboard upgrades for the station, while Nebraska Corn Processing and Anew Fuel Services in Cambridge, Nebraska, provided ethanol at a discounted price for the grand opening.

“There has been great collaboration between public and private entities to make this station a success,” said Megan Grimes, Nebraska Ethanol Board program manager. “We applaud Blue Heron for providing consumers more choice and offering cleaner-burning, homegrown fuel at a lower cost.”

E15 (15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline) is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in all passenger vehicles model year 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.

A portion of Blue Heron’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.

KRP Hosts Ethanol Performs Cornhusker Fall Classic

Kearney Neb. – Kearney Raceway Park (KRP) will once again host the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) National Open race Oct. 1-2. The Ethanol Performs Cornhusker Fall Classic will bring some of the fastest race cars from around the country to the historic drag strip in Kearney.

“We are very excited Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Ethanol Board have continued their support of this event,” said Al Simmons, KRP general manager. “We pride ourselves on being a place where racers and families can come and enjoy the sights and sounds of championship drag racing.”

This ethanol-fueled race offers spectators the opportunity to watch cars of all types and sizes. From street cars to dragsters that run close to 200 miles per hour, spectators are sure to see a favorite car. During NHRA drag racing, KRP also offers pit passes allowing spectators to not only see the cars up close but speak with drivers and crew members.

Nebraska is the second-largest ethanol producer in the country, so this race is a natural fit noted Todd Sneller, Nebraska Ethanol Board administrator.

“Our goal is to increase consumer awareness about ethanol choices and illustrate the high performance of ethanol in racing applications,” he said. “Ethanol is the should be the choice on and off the track.”

The Ethanol Performs Cornhusker Fall Classic weekend will be the final race of the Harris Race Cars Super Class Shootout Series. On Saturday, Oct. 1, representatives from KRP and Harris Race Cars will crown a champion in this three-race series that started in April. Tonniges Chevrolet in Osceola will present the NHRA Stock/Super Stock Combo race on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, visit www.krpi.com

For press credentials, call 308.750.2049

 NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 23 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17.

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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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.

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.