Renewable Fuels Month recognizes the importance of renewable biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel. The month of May typically kicks off the summer driving season, making it a great time to fuel up on biofuels to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money.
Owners of vehicles 2001 and newer can safely use blends of ethanol up to E15 (15% ethanol) and will often see savings on each gallon. Owners of flex fuel vehicles (FFVs) can use blends up to E85 and experience even greater savings. Consumers can find ethanol locations at the website fueledbynebraska.com. Heavy-duty diesel vehicles can lower emissions by filling up with biodiesel blends up to B20 with locations being found at biodieselne.com.
“With gasoline prices continuing to rise, this is a great time to use more ethanol to save money at the pump,” said Jay Reiners, chairman of the Nebraska Corn Board and farmer from Juniata. “But especially this year, we encourage FFV owners to realize the benefits of E85 at deep discounts to regular gasoline.”
FFVs typically have a yellow gas cap or a decal indicating the vehicle is flex fuel. Drivers can also check their owner’s manual.
As environmental issues continue to spark national discussions, both ethanol and biodiesel are well-suited to combat global warming and promote cleaner air. Ethanol blends can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 46% compared to regular gasoline, and biodiesel can reduce lifecycle emissions by 86% compared to petroleum-based diesel fuel.
Each year, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts declares May as Renewable Fuels Month with a proclamation. To participate in Renewable Fuels Month, please follow the Nebraska Ethanol Board, Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Soybean Board, and Renewable Fuels Nebraska on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn) for upcoming events, trivia and prizes.
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