On Friday, September 23 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Omaha area drivers will be able fill their tanks with E15, a fuel blend of 15 percent American Ethanol, at a special introductory price of just $1.15 per gallon at participating Kum & Go locations across the metro.
Since 2011, E15 has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use in all passenger vehicles model year 2001 or newer, including cars, pickups, vans and SUVs. Flex-fuel vehicles, capable of operating on blends up to E85 (85 percent American Ethanol) can also use E15 regardless of model year. Omaha now joins more than 80 cities in 26 states across the U.S. offering E15 now sold at select Kum & Go locations.
All vehicles, regardless of model year, are approved to use E10, which is widely available across the country. American Ethanol E15 provides consumers with an additional fueling choice at the pump, while typically costing less than other choices. E15 also increases vehicle performance due to the higher octane in the blend.
American Ethanol is also a cleaner burning, renewable source of octane that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, ground-level ozone and toxic exhaust emissions. Higher levels of American Ethanol reduce the volume of cancer-causing toxic compounds added to fuel, which helps reduce toxic emissions and harmful particulate matter from the tailpipe.
“This particulate matter poses a health threat to all of us, but poses a special danger to infants, children, the elderly and those who suffer from asthma, heart disease and cardiopulmonary disease,” said Angela Tin, Vice President of Environmental Health for the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest. “Using ethanol blended fuels helps make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.”
Greg Youell, executive director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA), said that E15 is a great way for metro area consumers to participate in MAPA’s “Little Steps, Big Impact”, a campaign to improve air quality and reduce ground-level ozone in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area. “Biofuels such as American Ethanol are an easy way for consumers to make a choice for cleaner air in the Omaha area,” he said. “E15 gives even more people the opportunity to help improve air quality in Omaha and save money at the same time. It’s truly a win-win for all of us.”
Kum & Go pumps with E15 are easily identified by the blue hose on the dispenser. Following is a list of the Omaha area Kum & Go locations that carry E15 and are participating in the $1.15 per gallon promotion this Friday:
|1010 S 154th St||Omaha|
|8990 Boyd St||Omaha|
|4041 N 168th St||Omaha|
|11205 Wickersham Blvd||Gretna|
|2627 S HWS Cleveland Blvd||Omaha|
|14353 Q Street||Omaha|
|1819 N 72nd St||Omaha|
|4443 S 84th St||Omaha|
|10764 Virginia Plaza||Papillion|
For more information and for a list of participating locations, visit E15Omaha.com or AmericanEthanolNE.org.