Saving Consumers Dollars at the Pump
May 19, 2017
Today, Governor Pete Ricketts joined Nebraska's renewable fuels industry in touting savings at the pump where consumers could purchase E15, and E85 for $0.99 a gallon at Kum and Go in Gretna. Earlier this month Governor Ricketts designate the month of May as Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska by way of proclamation.
Governor Ricketts is the national linchpin of renewable fuels given his involvement in the Governor's Biofuels Coalition, and we are fortunate enough to have him as such a huge advocate for Nebraska ethanol in E15 and E85. This Governor is there for us and has demonstrated his advocacy since he came into office, said Mark Palmer, Executive Director of Renewable Fuels Nebraska.
Key facts on E15 include:
E15 is a blend of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline. It is an environmentally-friendly fuel that burns cleaner than gasoline.
Until recently, gasoline ethanol blends were limited to a maximum of 10% ethanol known as E10. E10 represents 97% of the gasoline sold in the U.S. E15 uses the same type of ethanol as blended in E10, but increases the ethanol content in a gallon of gasoline from 10% to 15%.
E15 has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in all 2001 and newer cars, trucks and SUVs. EPA estimates that over 80% of gasoline sold goes into model year 2001 and newer vehicles. These 2001 and newer models account for 82% of vehicle miles traveled in the U.S.
Nebraska is the second largest ethanol producing state in the U.S., and is home to 25 ethanol plants that produce nearly 2.5 billion gallons of fuel annually. We believe your legislation will usher in greater consumer access to E15 into the Nebraska market.
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