Renewable Fuels Month events raise awareness of biodiesel in Nebraska

Source: By KMA • Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2016

(Lincoln)– Renewable fuels have a long history in Nebraska but it’s still necessary, and important, to remind Nebraskans of the benefits of biofuels. Since May marks the unofficial start of the summer driving season, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts declared May 2016 Renewable Fuels Month to encourage Nebraskans to use biofuels to help the state’s economy and environment.

The Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB) joined the Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) and the Nebraska Ethanol Board (NEB) for Renewable Fuels Month events in Lincoln and Omaha that offered discounts on ethanol and biodiesel. Shoemaker’s Shell Truck Stop in Lincoln sold an estimated 2,000 gallons of B20 (20 percent blend) biodiesel and 1,500 gallons of E85 (85 percent blend) fuel during the three-hour event.

Gov. Ricketts joined the NSB, NCB and NEB at Sapp Brothers Travel Center in Omaha where they sold more than 900 gallons of E85 and nearly 5,000 gallons of B20. While at the event, Ricketts addressed the importance of biofuels to Nebraska.

“With renewable fuels, we’re not only adding value to the crops we grow, but also expanding America’s domestic fuel supply while creating quality jobs all across our state,” Gov. Ricketts said. “Renewable fuels have a positive influence on our economic landscape in Nebraska. By filling up with biofuels, you support Nebraska’s farm families and generate as much as $3 million in tax revenue for our rural communities.”

Biodiesel and ethanol are proven to reduce harmful emissions from vehicles, another benefit for Nebraska.

“When it comes to air quality, renewable biofuels such as American Ethanol and biodiesel burn cleaner and help make our air healthier,” Governor Ricketts noted. “Nebraska-produced biofuels are cost-effective, American-made, renewable and better for our environment.”

Soybean oil is the primary feedstock for biodiesel in the United States. According to the United Soybean Board, research funded by the soy checkoff has proven biodiesel to be a cleaner burning fuel that meets performance standards for diesel engines without any modification. Biodiesel emissions are more than 80-percent lower than petroleum diesel emissions.

For more information about biodiesel and a map of retail locations in Nebraska, visit