Special Presentation Speakers for April 4 Ethanol Board Meeting

March 31, 2008

Dr. Richard Perrin of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Clark Smith of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality will be the featured speakers at the April 4 meeting of the Nebraska Ethanol Board.

Dr. Richard K. Perrin will speak about the relationship of ethanol and food prices. Perrin is a Jim Roberts professor of Agricultural Economics at UN-L. Dr. Perrin studies agricultural production economics and agricultural productivity.

Clark Smith is an air quality specialist at NDEQ. Smith will provide an air emissions regulatory update for ethanol plants.

The Nebraska Ethanol Board will meet April 4 at 9 a.m. at Holiday Inn, 141 9th St, Lincoln. Special presentations will begin approximately at 9:30 a.m.

Established in 1971, the Ethanol Board assists ethanol producers with programs and strategies for marketing ethanol and related co-products. The Board supports organizations and policies that advocate the increased use of ethanol fuels and administers public information, education and ethanol research projects. The Board also assists companies and organizations in the development of ethanol production facilities in Nebraska. For more information, please visit www.ethanol.nebraska.gov.

Ethanol Sales in Nebraska Hit Record High

March 12, 2008

Ethanol sales in Nebraska hit a record high in December as 77% of gasoline sold contained ethanol.

Todd Sneller, administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, said that more Nebraskans are buying ethanol because it’s cleaner and less expensive than gasoline.

Right now the price of gasoline is driving up the cost of everything. Ethanol offers battered wallets relief at the pump, Sneller said. The ethanol industry continues to develop production methods that lower lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions, whether by incorporating energy efficient production methods or by developing new sources of ethanol like cellulosic materials. Ethanol will continue to provide economic and environmental benefits across the country.

Energy usage in ethanol production and the potential of cellulosic ethanol are just two topics of the Ethanol 2008: Emerging Issues Forum set for this week in Omaha.

The Emerging Issues Forum is an annual regional conference for ethanol producers and marketers and related industries. Other topics this year will include the federal energy bill, developments in project financing, and water usage in ethanol production. The entire list of guest speakers and topics is available at the Nebraska Ethanol Board website.

The Forum will be held March 13-14 at the Magnolia Hotel in Omaha. For more information on the Ethanol 2008: Emerging Issues Forum and to download a registration form, please visit http://www.ethanol.nebraska.gov/forum.htm.

Fighting Ethanol Fires DVD Available to Fire Departments

March 3, 2008

In order to help promote safety, the Nebraska Ethanol Board is making available a free DVD on the most effective way to fight ethanol fires.

Recently, the Renewable Fuels Association conducted a study to determine the most effective way to fight ethanol fires. A video summarizing the results of the study can be viewed online at http://www.ethanolrfa.org/industry/resources/safety/

The Nebraska Ethanol Board would like to make copies of the video available to fire departments, ethanol producers, and related industries free of charge. If your organization would like to request a DVD copy of the video, please contact Billy DeFrain at 402-471-2941 or email billy.defrain@ethanol.ne.gov with the name of your organization and a mailing address.

To receive further updates from the Nebraska Ethanol Board, please e-mail billy.defrain@ethanol.ne.gov.

Established in 1971, the Nebraska Ethanol Board assists ethanol producers with programs and strategies for marketing ethanol and related co-products. The Board supports organizations and policies that advocate the increased use of ethanol fuels — and administers public information, education and ethanol-focused research projects. The NEB also assists companies and organization in the development of ethanol production facilities in Nebraska Visit the NEB on the web at www.ethanol.nebraska.gov.

To receive news releases from the Nebraska Ethanol Board via email, please email billy.defrain@ethanol.ne.gov

Research Shows Ethanol Lowers GHG Emissions

February 15, 2008

Numerous scientific studies have proved that ethanol fuels emit fewer greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline and create a net energy gain.

Several states are currently evaluating low carbon gasoline standards as a means of reducing greenhouse gases (GHG). Such standards may require that future gasoline blends reduce greenhouse gases by at least 20% over a conventional gasoline baseline. Greater use of ethanol in gasoline is considered the most economic means of reducing GHG emissions to required levels.

A recent study at the University of Nebraska found that ethanol from switchgrass has 94% lower lifecycle GHG emissions than gasoline and creates a 540% net positive energy gain.

In a recent letter to Science magazine, scientists Michael Wang and Zia Haq wrote that ethanol use can decrease GHG emissions as corn yields per acre increase and ethanol production becomes more energy efficient and uses fewer fossil fuels.

On the basis of our own analyses, production of corn-based ethanol in the United States so far results in moderate GHG emissions reductions, Wang and Haq wrote.

Corn yields per acre have increased steadily by 800 percent in the past 100 years, and more ethanol plants are using alternative sources of energy, such as the Siouxland Ethanol plant in Jackson which uses methane gas harvested from a nearby landfill, said Todd Sneller, administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board.

Researchers agree that ethanol burns cleaner in your car and emits fewer greenhouse gases than gasoline, Sneller said. Ethanol is an alternative fuel that creates a net gain for Nebraskans in so many ways through cleaner air, lower fuel prices and a stronger economy.

Ethanol Adds Millions to State Revenue

January 29, 2008

A new report released by Ethanol Across America shows that U.S. ethanol plants generate hundreds of millions of dollars to local, state, and federal governments through direct and indirect economic generation.

The Economic Impacts of Ethanol Production chronicles the impacts of these facilities through case studies and examination of existing studies. The total of state income taxes and property taxes generated by ethanol plants was more than $2.2 billion in 2006 and is estimated to approach $3 billion by 2008.

These are substantial sums that result directly from these facilities, said U.S. Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE), Co-Chairman of the Ethanol Across America campaign. When indirect and induced jobs are considered, along with capital spending and investment, the ethanol industry is adding more than $40 billion of gross output to the U.S. economy. These are monies that are being returned to our local communities and providing improved public services, said Senator Nelson.

The report looks at the ripple effect of these facilities and ethanol’s role in reducing gasoline prices. By displacing oil imports, ethanol can reduce the U.S. trade deficit by $13 billion annually. The USDA estimates that ethanol production will reduce federal farm subsidies by nearly $1 billion over the next seven years.

We are keeping U.S. dollars at home, plain and simple, said U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD), another member of the Ethanol Across American Advisory Board. We are increasing net farm receipts, reducing federal farm subsidies, and lowering gasoline prices by expanding the overall fuel supply. And we are doing this with little if any impact on food prices.

Economists found that a prospective 100 million gallon per year ethanol plant could create $10 million of annual income in a typical Nebraskan community. Nebraska is the second largest state for ethanol production, with 20 plants producing 1.3 billion gallons per year.

Todd Sneller, administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, said the positive impact ethanol has had on Nebraska is obvious.

Ethanol has brought thousands of jobs to Nebraska and has created millions in wealth that flows back to our local communities, Sneller said. Nebraska ethanol is a four billion dollar industry, and that gets bigger each year.