Roger Berry, the market development director for the Nebraska Corn Board, says the goal is to get higher blends of ethanol available to consumers while helping retailers.
“We’re concentrating on E-85 and E-15,” Berry says. “E-15 can be used in any vehicle 2001 or newer. It’s really a great opportunity for retailers to have a draw into their station over what some of their other competition may not have.”
Berry says grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with the Corn Board making the final determination of who gets the money, often based on geography.
“We’ll take a look at them and classify where it’s located,” Berry says. “We are looking to fill in some of the holes around the state. We want to make sure we get an even distribution of flex pumps across the state.”
Berry says the number of compatible vehicles on Nebraska’s roads is constantly rising.
“We currently have around 235,000 flex fuel vehicles in the state,” Berry says. “One out of every seven vehicles is a flex fuel vehicle right now. We want to make it as easy as possible for people driving those vehicles to pull in and get those higher levels of ethanol, the E-30 and the E-85.”
Berry says once the grant funding is exhausted, retailers will be placed on a waiting list in case more funding becomes available. Learn more at the Nebraska Corn Board website.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton