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Oil Refiners Change Nebraska Fuel Components

October 23, 2013

Background: After mid-September, 2013, legal, minimum octane, non-premium grade gasoline will no longer be supplied to Nebraska fuel terminals by U.S. petroleum refiners. Refiners manufacture gasoline and ship it, usually via pipelines, to bulk fuel terminals across the country. Going forward, refiners will supply 84-octane gas to eastern Nebraska terminals in lieu of the minimum 87-octane gas required by law. In the western quarter of the state, where 85-octane is the standard because of generally higher elevations, refiners will supply 82-octane gasoline. At present, refiners continue to supply 91-octane premium gasoline to Nebraska terminals. This new product slate was initiated by refiners in response to the Renewable Fuel Standard, a federal law requiring renewable fuels in the country’s fuel mix. Nebraska and Iowa are among the last states to see the new practice implemented.

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Report on E15 Studies

October 11, 2013

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has reviewed 43 studies on the effects of E15 on engine durability, emissions and other factors and issued a report that says the available literature did not show meaningful differences between E15 and E10 in any performance category. As for the Coordinating Research Council’s engine durability study – NREL found the conclusion that engines will experience mechanical engine failure when operating on E15 is not supported by the data. NREL’s objective was to assess the research conducted to date regarding the effects of E15 in model year 2001 and newer vehicles – including aspects not considered by the Environmental Protection Agency when approving the ethanol blend. Further underscoring EPA approval of the safety and efficacy of E15 – NREL experts found that 2001 and newer vehicles are well equipped to adapt to the ethanol content in both E10 and E15.

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Busting Big Oil Myths on the RFS and Ethanol, Part II: Food Prices

May 30, 2013

Last week I kicked off a short series of posts examining some of the biggest myths perpetuated by the oil industry in its crusade against biofuels and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). As part of an aggressive push to repeal the RFS, oil industry trade groups and their allies have used a well-stocked arsenal of half-truths and misinformation regarding ethanol and other biofuels. Big Oil’s PR machine regurgitates these myths via conference calls with reporters, meetings with editorial boards, sham studies, paid advertising, social media and many other channels. Their goal, of course, is to weaken political and public support for the RFS and put the brakes on the transition to renewables.

Original story available at The Energy Collective

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Ethanol Forum

March 15, 2013

The Emerging Issues Forum is limited to 125 guests. Register today to reserve your spot. The forum will have great speakers present , including Doug Durante of CFDC, Steve Bleyl of Green Plains, Ron Lamberty of American Coalition for Ethanol and many others. Complete agenda will be out soon.

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February 11, 2013

Local ag producers boycott anti-ethanol fuel retailer by vowing not to purchase products or services as long as these signs remain in place. Speak with your wallet and boycott Sapp Brothers, an “anti ag” business.


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Nebraska Ethanol Board Elects Officers

January 29, 2013

Past Chairman of the Nebraska Ethanol Board Steve Hanson of Elsie announced today the new slate of officers elected to serve on the Nebraska Ethanol Board during 2013. Board members elected Galen Frenzen of Fullerton to serve as chair. Frenzen represents corn producers on the board. He also raises cattle. Paul Kenney is a corn producer and cattle feeder who farms near Kearney. Kenney was elected by the Board as vice-chair. He fills a business slot on the Ethanol Board and serves as president of KAAPA Ethanol. Tod Brodersen of Hastings was elected as Board secretary. Brodersen fills the petroleum industry representative slot on the Board. He is a long-time ethanol fuel retailer.

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