The governor has designated May as Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska.
State Ethanol Board administrator Todd Sneller says events are underway all month to promote the industry with special discounts on various fuels like E-15, E-30 and E-85.
“So the consumers can become accustomed to finding these outlets easily, making sure they understand the benefits of using these fuels and at least during a short period of time, providing price discounts and other promotional activity that will encourage their focus on these fuels,” Sneller says.
The board is also targeting consumers in the Omaha metro area to show them the environmental and economic benefits of renewable fuels.
“We’ve got a variety of fuel options for consumers at the pump but we’re going that even one better,
Sneller says. “We’re working with local non-profit organizations that promote the environment, clean air and public health benefits of using biofuels in those areas like the Metro Market that has some potential concerns about pollution.”
Sneller says the state’s 25 ethanol plants have a significant economic impact on the entire state.
“About $200-million has been spent on new projects to provide some modest increases in productivity at the plants to provide some increases in volume output,” Sneller says. “We’re seeing food, feed, fiber and fuel products coming out of a number of new locations as a result of partnerships with different bioindustries that use those ethanol campuses.”
Ethanol is currently blended with 90% of all fuel in Nebraska. The industry directly employs more than 1,300 people in the state with an average salary of more than $50,000.
Nebraska is the nation’s #2 ethanol producer, behind only Iowa.
Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton