September is Renewable Fuels Month!
of a Four-Part Series for Renewable Fuels Month
have the choice of what type of fuel they put in their vehicle when they fill
up. These options are available thanks to renewable biofuels such as American
Ethanol or biodiesel. In September, Nebraskans can celebrate these choices with
the recent proclamation of “September is Renewable Fuels Month” by Gov. Pete
Ricketts (see photo on the right).
in many different blends and can be found all over the country. Most vehicles
can fill up with E10, vehicles newer than 2001 can use E15, while flex fuel
vehicle (FFV) owners can fill up with flex fuel blends from E20 up to E85.
Biodiesel blends can usually be found at levels of B5, B10 or B20. Blend rates
are identified by the number following the letter, so B20 is comprised of 20
percent biodiesel and 80 percent regular diesel fuel, whereas E85 is 85 percent
American Ethanol and 15 percent regular unleaded gasoline.
fuel choice for your vehicle is simple. “The main thing to know is if you have
a flex fuel vehicle (FFV) or not. If you do have an FFV, you can fill up with
any blend of American Ethanol up to E85. If you don’t have an FFV and it’s
newer than 2001, you can fill up with any American Ethanol blend up to E15,”
said Tim Scheer, farmer from St. Paul, Nebraska and past chairman of the
Nebraska Corn Board.
make the choice to put these renewable fuels in their fuel tank, they are
choosing their energy future. A future with renewable fuels is less reliant on
the oil industry and its negative impacts on our environment. By using
renewable fuels, they will also diversify their fuel sources to positively
impact America’s economic and national security, which ensures a healthier
future for the environment.
biofuels offer consumers a wealth of benefits when they fuel up at the pump,”
added Scheer. “While there are a lot of options to choose from, the decision to
use these renewable blends is an easy one. It is cost-effective, American-made,
renewable and better for our environment and consumer health.”
are better for the environment, many motorists are also pleased to know it is
better for their engines. Evidence shows that ethanol keeps engines clean by
preventing build-up in the fuel injection system and reducing tailpipe
emissions. Additionally, since it is water-soluble and has a low freezing
point, it helps prevent a vehicle’s gas line from freezing up in cold
offers many benefits, such as added engine lubricity and reduced greenhouse gas
emissions. Another benefit is that you do not need to modify your engine to run
biodiesel, and when using biodiesel motorists won’t be sacrificing fuel economy
or performance. Whether you drive a car, truck, semi, or farm equipment,
biodiesel is made to work in any diesel engine.
innovative engine advancements, biodiesel now has a place for every diesel
engine. It has been proven the fuel provides similar fuel economy, horsepower,
and torque as regular fuel,” states Ron Pavelka, farmer from Glenvil, Nebraska
and chairman of the Nebraska Soybean Board. “Whether it be in town, on the
interstate, or steering down the rows of a field, renewable fuels are
home-grown and here to stay.”