Governor Pillen declares May as Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska

May 4, 2023

Today, Governor Jim Pillen designated the month of May as Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska during a proclamation ceremony at the State Capitol. Renewable Fuels Month celebrates the crucial role that renewable fuels play in the state's economy, environment and energy security.


As environmental issues continue to spark national discussions, both ethanol and biodiesel are well-suited to combat global warming and promote cleaner air. Ethanol blends can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 43% compared to regular gasoline, and biodiesel can reduce lifecycle emissions by 86% compared to petroleum-based diesel fuel. Domestically produced biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel are also significant economic drivers for ag producers across Nebraska.


Governor Pillen's proclamation recognizes the essential contributions that renewable fuels make to the state's economy and environment. At today’s proclamation ceremony, the governor was also joined by representatives from E Energy Adams, Renewable Fuels Nebraska, the Nebraska Soybean, Corn and Ethanol Boards along with their respective grower associations.


"Renewable fuels are an integral part of our state’s energy mix, providing value to farmers and all Nebraskans," said Andy Chvatal, executive director of the Nebraska Soybean Board. "We are happy to promote May as Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska and encourage all Nebraskans choose renewable fuels at the pump and celebrate the contributions of this vital industry to our state."


By designating May as Renewable Fuels Month, Governor Pillen underscores Nebraska's commitment to renewable fuels and its ongoing efforts to promote a more sustainable future for generations to come.


Throughout May, follow the Nebraska Soybean Board, Nebraska Corn Board, the Nebraska Ethanol Board and Renewable Fuels Nebraska on social media to keep up to date with current promotions and social media contests.


About the Nebraska Soybean Board: The nine-member Nebraska Soybean Board collects and disburses the Nebraska share of funds generated by the one-half of one percent times the net sales price per bushel of soybeans sold. Nebraska soybean checkoff funds are invested in research, education, domestic and foreign markets, including new uses for soybeans and soybean products.


Governor Jim Pillen signs the Renewable Fuels Month proclamation.


Pictured left to right: Dawn Caldwell (Renewable Fuels Nebraska), Kelly Brunkhorst (Nebraska Corn Board), Traci Menke (Renewable Fuels Nebraska), Governor Jim Pillen, Jon Crosby (E Energy Adams), Jan tenBensel (Nebraska Ethanol Board), Matt Uher (E Energy Adams), Reid Wagner (Nebraska Ethanol Board), Andy Chvatal (Nebraska Soybean Board), and Lori Lubbe (Nebraska Soybean Association).


Renewable Fuels Month highlights the importance of renewable biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, for farmers and all Nebraskans.