The Environmental Protection Agency approved of E15 for use in
2001 and newer cars, light duty trucks and SUVs and in June gave final
approval for its sale and use. However it has only recently become available in Nebraska.
Nebraskans driving across the state can now buy E15 fuel at Neal Hoff's service station in Lexington. Uncle Neal's Phillips 66 station, located at 2705 S. Plum Creek Parkway, started selling the new fuel blend last weekend.
Hoff is a recipient of the Nebraska Corn Board blender pump grant and decided to offer E15 as a fuel choice for consumers in the new blender pumps he installed.
"E15 seemed like the logical fuel to offer since vehicles that are 2001 and newer can use over 80 percent of the fuel sold," said Hoff. "We want to give consumers fuel choice and what better than to offer a locally homegrown and produced fuel?"
Kim Clark of the Nebraska Corn Board praised Hoff's decision to offer E15 after the fuel that's 85 percent gasoline cleared several regulatory hurdles.
However, in northern markets like Nebraska, E15 can only be used after the weather turns colder when federal regulators relax a vapor pressure requirement.