Todd Sneller, administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, says more people know about the fuel compared to ten years ago, because of 10, 15 and 85 percent ethanol blends at the gas pump. However, he is unsure most Nebraskans know about the story behind the product.
“The biofuels industry in the state creates thousands of jobs and the salaries paid at the plants are among some of the highest paid in our manufacturing sector across the State of Nebraska,” Sneller tells Nebraska Radio Network, “so these are valuable processing facilities.”
Sneller says Nebraska is the nation’s second-largest producer of ethanol with 25 plants across the state.
He says ethanol is a good market for agricultural producers in the state and better for the environment.
“Our goal has been to make sure people understand they have a choice at the pump that is better for them in terms of public health and the environment,” Sneller says, “but also is a high-performance fuel and also costs less money.”
The Nebraska Department of Revenue Motor Fuels Division reports more than 13 billion gallons of ethanol have been sold in the Nebraska fuel market in the last 37 years.