Nebraska Corn Board hosts E15 meetings

LINCOLN, NEB — The Nebraska Corn Board hosted meetings for E15 stakeholders in Lincoln and Kearney recently. Approximately 75 ethanol producers, fuel retailers, petroleum marketers, ethanol industry personnel, agriculture commodity groups, and other stakeholders attended these informational meetings.

Robert White, director of market development from the Renewable Fuel Association, was the presenter. He gave an overview of the next steps needed to offer E15, a blend of 15 percent ethanol, at the fuel pump. This included information on health effects data, misfueling mitigation plan, fuel survey, and consumer efforts. In addition, White also discussed incentives to assist with installing blender pumps.

“There is a lot of misinformation about E15 such as requirements for ethanol plants and fuel retailers that is coming from various sources. This meeting was necessary to get the right information to the right people,” said White. “We want to see E15 introduced legally and safely.”

Curt Friesen, District 3 Director on the Nebraska Corn Board, said, “It is crucial that all the necessary steps are taken before offering E15 at the pump. The Nebraska Corn Board is pleased to take a leading role in the introduction of E15 in Nebraska.”

This stakeholders meeting was sponsored by the Blend Your Own (BYO) ethanol campaign. BYO is a campaign funded by twelve corn producing states including Nebraska, the Renewable Fuels Association, and the American Coalition for Ethanol to promote ethanol and install blender pumps across the country.

Last year, the EPA approved E15 for 2001 and newer cars, light-duty trucks and SUVs. And earlier this year, E15 became a legal fuel.

For more information about E15, contact Kim Clark, ag program manager with the Nebraska Corn Board at kim.clark@nebraska.gov or phone, 402-471-2676.

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