Sioux Falls, SD– The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) welcomes the Adopt the E-15 Access Standard Act, as Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen officially signs the Nebraska bill (LB 562) into law. The bill’s intent is to increase consumer access to E15 by providing tax credits to fuel retailers selling higher ethanol blends. ACE Chief Marketing Officer Ron Lamberty attended the bill signing ceremony and issued the following statement:
“Historically, giving retailers targeted fuel tax credits has been more successful at driving increased ethanol volume than nearly every other program offered. When marketers ‘do the math’ and understand they can gain a competitive advantage by offering a new, lower-priced ‘regular’ gasoline that almost every car can use, and still improve their own profitability, they’ll make the change. This incentive should encourage marketers to look past all the misinformation about high equipment costs to sell E15 and find out most of their current equipment is already E15 compatible. We should see more Nebraska stations selling E15 in a short period of time, and when drivers try E15, they like it and keep using it.
“We hope other states follow Nebraska’s example and use this legislation as a template to encourage more retailers to offer cleaner, more affordable, higher ethanol blends. We also encourage Congress to take note of growing support for E15, and pass the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act to ensure permanent, nationwide access to E15. ACE thanks Senator Myron Dorn, Governor Jim Pillen and other biofuel and legislative leaders for helping expand consumer access to E15 across Nebraska. I’m appreciative of being part of this day.”
ACE continues to help fuel retailers verify the compatibility of their equipment and ability to sell E15 and other high ethanol blends through the Flex Check tool on its fuel marketer targeted website flexfuelforward.com. ACE is also calling on Congress to support bipartisan, bicameral legislation to allow E15 access nationwide, and advocates can participate here.