Where are they located? Most of the E85 and blender pumps are located in rural areas of Nebraska, but the greatest need for them is in the urban areas where a majority of the flex fuel vehicles are located.
Unfortunately, Lincoln, which has approximately 15,000 FFVs, and Omaha, which has about 30,000 FFVs, do not have any blender pumps. In Lincoln you will find four E85 pumps in different areas of the city and in the Omaha metro there are approximately ten E85 pumps.
Other areas with larger populations of FFVs are in Columbus and Norfolk. Once again, there aren’t any blender pumps located in either city. Actually, Norfolk only has one E85 pump and Columbus has none.
With FFV numbers increasing in the state, we need to get more blender pumps installed, especially in the urban areas with large concentrations of FFVs.
The Nebraska Corn Board has grant money available for retailers that install blender pumps. The grant is $5,000 per blender pump up to $20,000 per station location with special consideration given to retailers that install at multiple locations.
For more information about our grant program, visit our website.