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E15 American Ethanol Blend Now Available in Omaha

 

Special Introductory Price of $1.15 per Gallon at Kum & Go This Friday

OMAHA, NE—On Friday, September 23 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Omaha area drivers will be able fill their tanks with E15, a fuel blend of 15 percent American Ethanol, at a special introductory price of just $1.15 per gallon at participating Kum & Go locations across the metro.kum_and_go_e85_e15_flex_fuel_pumps_2016

Since 2011, E15 has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use in all passenger vehicles model year 2001 or newer, including cars, pickups, vans and SUVs.   Flex-fuel vehicles, capable of operating on blends up to E85 (85 percent American Ethanol) can also use E15 regardless of model year.  Omaha now joins more than 80 cities in 26 states across the U.S. offering E15 now sold at select Kum & Go locations.

All vehicles, regardless of model year, are approved to use E10, which is widely available across the country. American Ethanol E15 provides consumers with an additional fueling choice at the pump, while typically costing less than other choices. E15 also increases vehicle performance due to the higher octane in the blend.

American Ethanol is also a cleaner burning, renewable source of octane that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, ground-level ozone and toxic exhaust emissions.  Higher levels of American Ethanol reduce the volume of cancer-causing toxic compounds added to fuel, which helps reduce toxic emissions and harmful particulate matter from the tailpipe.

“This particulate matter poses a health threat to all of us, but poses a special danger to infants, children, the elderly and those who suffer from asthma, heart disease and cardiopulmonary disease,” said Angela Tin, Vice President of Environmental Health for the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest.  “Using ethanol blended fuels helps make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.”

Greg Youell, executive director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA), said that E15 is a great way for metro area consumers to participate in MAPA’s “Little Steps, Big Impact”, a campaign to improve air quality and reduce ground-level ozone in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area.  “Biofuels such as American Ethanol are an easy way for consumers to make a choice for cleaner air in the Omaha area,” he said.  “E15 gives even more people the opportunity to help improve air quality in Omaha and save money at the same time.  It’s truly a win-win for all of us.”

Kum & Go pumps with E15 are easily identified by the blue hose on the dispenser.  Following is a list of the Omaha area Kum & Go locations that carry E15 and are participating in the $1.15 per gallon promotion this Friday:

1010 S 154th St Omaha
8990 Boyd St Omaha
4041 N 168th St Omaha
11205 Wickersham Blvd Gretna
2627 S HWS Cleveland Blvd Omaha
14353 Q Street Omaha
1819 N 72nd St Omaha
4443 S 84th St Omaha
10764 Virginia Plaza Papillion

For more information and for a list of participating locations, visit E15Omaha.com or AmericanEthanolNE.org.

A portion of Kum & Go’s Nebraska E15 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 next 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.

Ethanol’s Bright Future

The following is a Public Pulse submission from the Omaha World-Herald that was published Nov. 4, 2015.

The Oct. 28 World-Herald editorial “Ethanol sector ups and downs” did a great job of explaining what a powerful economic growth engine the $5 billion ethanol industry has been for Nebraska and the nation.

Yet, despite its many benefits, the U.S. ethanol industry stands at a critical juncture. The Environmental Protection Agency plans to dismantle the industry’s cornerstone, the Renewable Fuels Standard, blaming what it falsely claims is an “intractable E10 Blend Wall.” However, Congress has instructed the EPA to protect Americans’ health and environment by using more ethanol to replace toxic compounds that comprise 30 percent of a typical gallon of gasoline.

Compared to poisonous lead and carcinogenic benzene-based octane boosters that the oil industry prefers, ethanol is a superior gasoline octane booster. Today’s cars require higher octane for better efficiency and lower emissions. The U.S. Department of Energy recently singled out E30 blends as the best way for automakers to get the higher-octane gasoline they need. Premium E30 blends would save consumers at the pump, and substantially reduce harmful emissions.

Thousands of Americans like me prove every day that standard vehicles — without modification — run better on high-octane E30 blends compared to traditional gasoline.

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David Hallberg

Ethanol’s best days are just around the corner, as high-octane E30 blends expand nationwide to benefit automakers, consumers, the environment and the Midwestern economy.

David Hallberg, Omaha

Director, Siouxland Ethanol plant board

Omaha Fuel Tests Indicate High Level of Toxics in Base Gasoline

Particulate Matter in Exhaust Linked to Cancer, Asthma and Heart Disease

OMAHA, NEBRASKA — Does Omaha have bad gas? According to recent fuel tests, it does—at least in terms of the levels of toxic substances, which approached 30 percent by volume in base gasoline.  But adding ethanol to gasoline significantly lowers the health threat of the fuel we put in our vehicles.

In early July, four fuel samples were pulled from the Magellan fuel terminal in Omaha.  The samples were independently tested by Midwest Laboratories in Omaha.

The results indicated a high level of toxics in base gasoline in the Omaha market, even higher than those found in similar samples tested in January, which were pulled from a variety of retail locations in the city.

Toxics such as benzene, xylene and toluene are added to gasoline to increase octane, which is necessary to reduce engine knock.  These substances, known collectively as “aromatics”, are known toxins and, in some cases, known or suspected carcinogens or cancer-causing substances.

In the July fuel samples, these toxics accounted for nearly 30 percent of volume in base gasoline without ethanol added.  However, when 10 percent ethanol was added to the mix, the volume of toxic compounds dropped to 23 percent—or nearly by one-fourth that of straight gasoline.

“While ‘aromatics’ may sound like a good thing, they are actually a huge threat to human health,” said Angela Tin, vice president of environmental health for the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest.  “These toxics do not completely combust in the engine and therefore exit the tailpipe as tiny particles that enter our lungs, heart, brains and bloodstream.”

Particulate matter from vehicle exhaust has been linked to brain cancer, lung cancer, heart disease and asthma — and is especially harmful to infants, children and people suffering from heart or respiratory problems.

Tin says fuel with ethanol is a cleaner air alternative.  “Ethanol is a clean-burning, non-toxic source of octane,” she said.  “The more ethanol in our fuel, the lower the volume of toxic compounds in our fuel and in the air we breathe.”

Ethanol adds oxygen to fuel and that helps the fuel burn more completely.  “The oxygen leads to a more complete combustion of fuel,” said Todd Sneller, Nebraska Ethanol Board administrator.  “That means more of the toxic compounds are completely burned in the engine rather than coming out the tailpipe.”

Ethanol also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which have been linked to climate change.

Tin added that higher blends of ethanol are especially valuable in lowering the levels of harmful particulate matter in the air.  “Higher blends such as E85—85 percent ethanol—are truly the clean air choice,” Tin added.  “Anyone driving a flex fuel vehicle has the opportunity to help make our air healthier by simply making the right choice at the pump.”

About one in seven Nebraskans is driving a flex fuel vehicle that can operate on any blend of ethanol and gasoline up to E85.  The owner’s manual or other indicators such as a yellow gas cap or “flex fuel” insignia on the vehicle are indicators that one owns a flex fuel vehicle.

E85 is available at several locations in the Omaha area.   Visit E85Omaha.com for locations. More information on toxic compounds in gasoline and the clean air benefits of ethanol can be found at AmericanEthanolNE.org or ethanol.nebraska.gov.

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Results of independent fuel testing in Omaha conducted in July indicates that the level of toxics in E0—or fuel without ethanol—approaches 30% of volume as measured in recent fuel samples from Omaha terminals. That means these harmful compounds make up about 30% of what’s in a gallon of gas. When 10% ethanol is added to create E10, the volume of toxics in the fuel drops to 23%, reducing the volume of toxic compounds by nearly one-fourth. In order to get higher-octane gas—such as 89 or 91 premium—even more toxics are added to gasoline. Adding ethanol to those fuels also helps reduce the volume of toxics compared to higher-octane gas without ethanol.