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E15 Now Available in Nebraska

LEXINGTON, Neb. -- Consumers in the Cornhusker State can now purchase E15 at the pump. Uncle Neal's Phillips 66, located at 2705 S. Plum Creek Parkway in Lexington, Neb., became the first retailer in the state to offer E15 at the pump, reported KTIC Radio.

In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the sale of E15 for 2001 and newer vehicles. As CSNews Online reported, a Zarco 66 station in Kansas was the first in the country to offer E15.

Neal Hoff, owner of Uncle Neal's, was the recipient of a Nebraska Corn Board blender pump grant. He decided to offer E15 because it provides a new choice for consumers.

"E15 seemed like the logical fuel to offer since vehicles that are 2001 and newer can use over 80 percent of the fuel sold," Hoff told the radio station. "We want to give consumers fuel [choices] and what better than to offer a locally homegrown and produced fuel?"

The Nebraska Corn Board is delighted Hoff will be offering E15. "This was a long time coming and we are excited that a retailer with new blender pumps is offering E15 as a fuel choice," Kim Clark, director of biofuels development for the Nebraska Corn Board, told the news outlet. "There have been several hurdles, but we are finally starting to see E15 at the pumps right here in Nebraska."

Robert White, director of market development for the Renewable Fuels Association, added that it is a "great feat to see E15 sold in multiple states, and we are pleased Nebraska is added to the list."

An official E15 grand opening at Uncle Neal's will take place in the near future.

For much more about E15, check out the Future of Fuels story in the October issue of Convenience Store News.

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