In September 1991, Nebraska’s governor asked other governors interested in creating a group devoted to the promotion and increased use of ethanol to join him in Lincoln, Nebraska. From that meeting, the Governors’ Ethanol Coalition emerged. Membership in the Coalition doubled from nine to 19 states during the first year. Membership as of January 2008 stands at 36 representatives plus international representatives from Brazil; Quebec, Canada; Mexico; Queensland, Australia; Sweden and Thailand.

Governor Jay Nixon

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is the chair for 2018

Governor Pete Ricketts

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is vice chair for 2018

Coalition Chairs

1992  Nebraska Governor Ben Nelson

1993  Illinois Governor Jim Edgar

1994  Nebraska Governor Ben Nelson

1995  Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson

1996  Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan

1997  Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

1998  Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon

1999  Kansas Governor Bill Graves

2000  Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack

2001  Nebraska Governor Mike Johanns

2002  Missouri Governor Bob Holden

2003  North Dakota Governor John Hoeven

2004  Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich

2005  Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty

2006  Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius

2007  Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman

2008  Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich

2009  North Dakota Governor John Hoeven

2010  Iowa Governor Chet Culver

2011  Kansas Governor Sam Brownback

2012  Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton

2013 Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

2014 Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

2015 Iowa Governor Terry Branstad

2016 Missouri Governor Jay Nixon

2017 Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts

2018 Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds


For environmental and health concerns, the nation has decided to clean-up the fuels which have powered America for nearly a century. The Clean Air Act identified numerous areas of the country which must reduce or eliminate their pollution levels. ethanol bus Those areas must change the gasoline and diesel fuels used, either year-round or seasonally. Now and through the next several years, cleaner and cleaner fuels such as ethanol, natural gas and propane will be used in cars, trucks and buses. Today’s key issue is to determine which alternatives will replace — or be added to — gasoline and diesel fuel to reduce pollution. The Governors’ Ethanol Coalition wants to make certain that as the decisions on America’s fuels are being made, ethanol and ethyl tertiary butyl ether, or ETBE as its commonly known, have a role in the nation’s transportation fuels market.


In just a few years, the Coalition has:

  • Embarked on an international initiative and now includes representatives from Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Sweden and Thailand. These new alliances will help the Coalition share research and development information, explore import and export joint ventures and create an international climate to expand ethanol’s production and worldwide use.
  • Increased the awareness by local and national policy makers of ethanol’s environmental and economic benefits, including global warming benefits.
  • Cooperated on the development of marketing activities, including siting 85 percent ethanol pumps through the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition.
  • Participated in the creation of the National Ethanol Vehicle Challenge that gives engineering students design experience in converting vehicles to operate on 85 percent ethanol.
  • Provided authoritative testimony or information to Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other policy-making forums as well as the public.
  • Provided a public forum for key ethanol issues including a roundtable discussion for environmental groups and policy makers.
  • Developed a comprehensive report of ethanol’s economic benefits.
  • Championed the extension of the federal tax exemption for ethanol to 2007.
  • Supported the expanded use of ethanol and renewable ether derivatives such as ethyl tertiary butyl ether or ETBE.
  • Coordinated the purchase of flexible fuel vehicles, capable of operating on up to 85 percent ethanol, for use in member states.

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