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Blender gas pump debuts in Aurora
With the prices of gas on the rise, many people are looking to save a buck or two. And one place you can do that is your vehicle.
Flex fuel vehicles are becoming more and more popular. And now there's a new location you can fill up. News 5's Josh Egbert shows us, a new blender pump in Aurora is now open for business.
"For the corn market in Nebraska, livestock and ethanol are very very substantial," said Dawn Caldwell, Aurora Cooperative.
And Aurora Cooperative is investing in that market.
"We're very much supports of corn ethanol and want to make that available for travelers as they come through this area," said Caldwell.
The area is just west of Aurora and at Aurora Cooperative's new A-Stop 24.
"Really the diesel pumps were our first priority, but while were putting in diesel pumps each station we've done like this we want to put in the ethanol blender pumps as well," Caldwell said.
There are nearly 120,000 Nebraska motorists who own a flexible fuel vehicle, which can run on any blend of ethanol and gasoline, up to E85.
"We've become a huge energy exporting state and efforts like this one today of selling higher ethanol blends, help us increase the percentage that we're using here in the state," said Steve Sorum, Nebraska Ethanol Board.
And the new pumps are coming at the right time.
"Currently, there's a blend wall issue, there's about 15 billion gallons of ethanol produced in the country and that has effectively capped by the renewable fuel standard, the federal fuel regulations," said Sorum.
Sorum says selling higher ethanol blends is a way to broaden the market and help grow the industry. As for the future of ethanol:
"It's going to be a little slower than many believe, most stations are not equipped to offer E10 and E15, and so they'll be a gradual transition from 10 to 15 over time, I don't think it will be as dramatically quick as many invasion it, but it will happen," Sorum said.
"You can anticipate that you can be able to fill at an A-Stop 24 somewhere else in the future," said Caldwell.
"we do have some spots in mind.
"We hope they come to fruition."
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