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Nebraska's first ethanol blender pumps offer wider range of ethanol blends

We've all heard of E10--ten percent ethanol fuel. And probably E85--eighty-five percent ethanol.

But how about E20? Or E30?

Those unique ethanol blends are now available in Nebraska at the state's first ethanol blender pumps, now open at the Bosselman Pump & Pantry location at 1235 Allen Drive in Grand Island, Neb. The facility held a grand opening April 17. Several local and state dignitaries were scheduled to be on hand. Nebraska corn farmers also provided full service fill-ups, and offering information about the new ethanol blender pumps.

The new ethanol blender pumps combine ethanol and ordinary unleaded gasoline at various rates to offer a wide variety of fuel choices--from ordinary 87-octane unleaded gasoline and 89-octane E10 Unleaded (10 percent ethanol)--as well as higher ethanol blends targeted to owners of flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs.) including E20, E30 and E85. The ethanol blender pumps offer the complete range--all from one dispenser. There are six ethanol blender pumps at the Pump & Pantry location.

E10 and ordinary unleaded gasoline can be used in all vehicles. The higher ethanol blends are for use in flexible fuel vehicles or FFVs only--and there are thousands of flex-fuel vehicles registered in Nebraska; more than 2,000 in Hall County alone. To discover if you drive a FFV, check the "fuel" section of your owner's manual or visit www.nebraskacorn.org for a list of flex-fuel vehicles. All domestic automakers offer a variety of FFV models from sedans to pickups to SUVs.

An FFV can operate on any blend of gasoline and ethanol up to E85 (85 percent ethanol and 15 percent ordinary unleaded gasoline). A computer sensor automatically compensates for varying levels of ethanol in the gasoline. Every major U.S. automaker offers flex-fuel models--from pickups to cars to minivans to SUVs. "If you drive a flex-fuel vehicle, you don't have to fill up with E85 all the time," said Jon Holzfaster of Paxton, chairman of the Nebraska Corn Board. "You can choose your ethanol blend based on price, performance and availability. That's why they're called 'flexible.'"

Higher blends of ethanol are key to realizing the full benefits of this domestically produced, renewable fuel, Holzfaster said. "The more flex fuel vehicles we have--and the higher blends of ethanol available across the nation--the more we generate economic strength for Nebraska and our entire nation, reduce our expensive and dangerous dependence on imported oil, and improve our environment."

The Nebraska Corn Board is a self-help program, funded and managed by Nebraska corn farmers. Producers invest in the program at a rate of 1/4 of a cent per bushel of corn sold. Nebraska corn checkoff funds are invested in programs of market development, research and education.

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