The Nebraska Ethanol Board has been awarded a $55,000 grant to encourage more stations in the state to offer E85.
E85 is a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline and is intended for use in flexible fuel vehicles. Nebraska currently has 38 E85 stations, but more than 60,000 flexible fuel vehicles that operating in the state. The board's E85 Outreach and Marketing Program will be designed to increase the number of E85 pumps.
Funds will support workshops to train ethanol producers, E85 distributors and marketers for the direct marketing of E85 from producers to local retailers. The one-day workshops will be offered on multiple dates and cover EPA ethanol storage requirements, fuel tax incentives, ethanol safety and handling training, and E85 marketing and brand awareness.
The project will be funded in part by a grant from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.
The Clean Fuels Development Coalition, the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition and the Clean Fuels Foundation are providing matching funds and in-kind contributions for the project.
"Ethanol has brought much in terms of jobs and wealth to Nebraska," says Todd Sneller, administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board. "By encouraging direct relationships between ethanol producers and their communities, drivers get a cheaper fuel for their cars and the number of E85 pumps in Nebraska increases. This approach also increases ethanol demand in Nebraska."
Doug Durante of the CFDC says that ethanol, a cheaper, cleaner alternative to gas, helps wean America off of foreign energy sources while strengthening local economies.
"Many communities have a stake in their local ethanol plant. The E85 project funded by this grant will encourage direct economic relationships that keep the wealth local," Durante says.
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 research projects. The Board also assists companies and organizations in the development of ethanol production facilities in Nebraska.
For more information, visit www.ne-ethanol.org.