LINCOLN – Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts recently announced June as Renewable Fuels Month. This is the month where the importance of renewable fuels is emphasized. Usually, this is celebrated in the month of May, but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s been postponed to June of 2020.
This recognition is important because buying renewable fuels supports our local farmers. Also, renewable fuels burn cleaner, increases engine performance, and costs less.
It’s important that these fuels burn cleaner because it has been found that patients with COVID-19 are more likely to die in areas with high pollution, according to a Harvard University study. Fuel containing ethanol emits 43% less compared to gasoline without ethanol.
If you have a vehicle with a model year 2001 or newer, your car is approved to use a 15% ethanol blend. Check the owner’s manual to see whether or not you own a flex fuel car, which means it can handle an 85% ethanol blend.
Nebraska is the second-highest ethanol production state. There are 25 ethanol plants in the state. Those plants produce 2.1 billion gallons of ethanol and 6.4 million metric tons of distillers grains per year. Ethanol plants employ over 1,400 people around the state.
Biodiesel is another biofuel that is important to the state’s economy. Using Biodiesel helps support the soy farmers of Nebraska. Biodiesel burns cleaner than petroleum diesel, and it provides similar torque and horsepower.
Biodiesel can be used off road, in air transportation, electricity generation, and home heating applications. Use of biodiesel will surpass 6 billion gallons by 2030, which will eliminate over 35 million metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.
Follow the Nebraska Corn Board, the Nebraska Ethanol Board, the Nebraska Soybean Board, and Renewable Fuels Nebraska on Facebook for more information regarding ethanol and biodiesel. There will be trivia promotions, contests, and other information on these pages. Also, visit https://www.getbiofuel.com or https://www.UNL88.com to find higher ethanol blends. Biodiesel information and locations can be found at https://www.biodieselNE.com and https://www.biodiesel.org.