is part of the Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

  • American Agriculturist
  • Beef Producer
  • Corn and Soybean Digest
  • Dakota Farmer
  • Delta Farm Press
  • Farm Futures
  • Farm Industry news
  • Indiana Prairie Farmer
  • Kansas Farmer
  • Michigan Farmer
  • Missouri Ruralist
  • Nebraska Farmer
  • Ohio Farmer
  • Prairie Farmer
  • Southeast Farm Press
  • Southwest Farm Press
  • The Farmer
  • Wallaces Farmer
  • Western Farm Press
  • Western Farmer Stockman
  • Wisconsin Agriculturist
Chalk Up One More Ethanol Blender Pump in Nebraska

Chalk Up One More Ethanol Blender Pump in Nebraska

Unveiling of fueling site in York opportunity to promote higher blends.

Nearly all gas stations dispense an E10 ethanol blend, but there's a growing trend in the United States to using fuels with higher ethanol blends. Nebraska has more than 65 public and private fueling sites that offer E85, but only 20 of those sites include ethanol blender pumps, or flex-fuel pumps, which offer blends from E20 to E50 as well as E85.

More of the blender pumps are needed in Nebraska and nationally to give consumers more options.

The Aurora Cooperative this spring added a blender pump to its new facility in York, not long after installing one in Grand Island.

The unveiling of the pump in York was an opportunity for several entities to promote ethanol, blender pumps and incentives they offer for gas station owners and retailers to install blender pumps. In York, along with Aurora Coop leaders, were representatives of the USDA Rural Development, the Nebraska Ethanol Board, Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Energy Office.

Maxine Moul, state director for Rural Development, said the Obama Administration has set a goal of establishing 10,000 more flexible fuel pumps in the next five years along with a national security goal of producing 36 billion gallons of biofuel per year by 2022.

"Nebraska is the third largest producer of corn in the United States and the second largest producer of ethanol," she said. "Flex-fuel is a twofold win. Flex-fuel pump retailers reap the benefits of drivers purchasing their ethanol-blend gas and farmers benefit from the sale of corn that goes into producing the ethanol."

Under its Rural Energy for America Program, Rural Development has the following incentives for owners to install blender pumps: a grant of 25% of the cost, up to $500,000, and a 75% guaranteed loan up to $25 million.

The deadline, however, to apply for the Rural Development incentives is June 15. For information, go to www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne/Energy_energy_home.htm or contact Deb Yocum at 402-437-5554. You can also email her at debra.yocum@ne.usda.gov.

The Nebraska Corn Board offers a $5,000 per-station flexible-fuel pump installation grant and the Nebraska Energy Office offers 2.5% per-station interest rate loans. Contact the Corn Board at 402-471-2676 and the Energy Office at 402-471-2867.

According to the Nebraska Ethanol Board, the fuel choices provided by flexible-fuel pumps lead to faster turnover of ethanol fuel vs. a current unleaded, E10, premium pump setup. Corn Board officials say that ethanol sales have increased 45-55% in the last year in stations that have installed flex fuel pumps in Nebraska. Retailers have the flexibility to determine which ethanol blends they offer at the pump. Retailers that choose to become the blender of record can also  take advantage of VEETC, the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit, and other tax credits.

Currently, there are nearly 100,000 flex-fuel vehicles in Nebraska with the number continuing to rise. These vehicles have the capability to use ethanol fuel blends from a Nebraska-made fuel, says Todd Sneller, administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board. American vehicle manufacturers GM, Ford, and Chrysler have committed to producing 50 % of all 2012 Model year vehicles as flex-fuel vehicles.

USDA Rural Development, the Nebraska Ethanol Board, the Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Department of Energy are working together to make flex-fuel vehicle owners aware that they, in fact, have a flex-fuel vehicle. Many do not know they own such vehicles. 

Hide comments

Comments

  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Publish