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  1. There are only blenders Outlaw. So...have to have E10...have to carry E15 to qualify for Kansas Corn Commission Grant money. So at this time have E10/unleaded, E15, E50, E85 and Premium. If you had a choice would you carry E50 or E30. I've heard that most non FFV's can use up to E30 without the check engine light coming on. What would you do? Also working on finding out what money is available out there for blenders at other location. Some info is outdated. Will let everyone know what I find out when I do.
  2. Just interested to see what everyone would choose and what their reasons are for their choices. E10 and E85 are obvious, but what about other choices?
  3. "I propose a legal and moral route this time- unlike my ancestors who had issues with town burnings, rail diversions, and bank "loans". Now that I have specified the elevation of the path- anyone have a road suggestion? " Outlaw...oh thank goodness...I thought that I was going to have to get on a horse! Unfortunately I think about the only way to get a bank loan now days is the old fashioned way! ;D
  4. Outlaw...I'm in! ;D How are things with you? We were dodging tornados last night...late night! On our way to church now. I'm needing it after the last week on GB...haha
  5. Huskerflex 1. USDA grant 2. Growth Energy grant 3. grants through state ethanol/corn growers 4. private grants like you mentioned from producers... I'm in the process of working on this. Growth Energy is out of grant money evidently. I'm getting a call from them this week. They are being very helpful. I should know more about what is out there as far as grant money and loans after speaking to them. Also got an E-mail from the RFA. They sent me info on Great America Finance teaming up with Wayne. Great America is providing financing for Wayne Blenders. So I'll keep you updated as I work my way through it. ;D
  6. Dan, Thanks for that info. I'll check into it. We have someone coming in today that's with an ethanol plant. I'll ask them as well. The Kansas Corn Commission money isn't much...it's up to $6,000. But every little bit helps!
  7. We would never think of getting rid of our E85. We look at this as an excuse to get blender pumps. The Kansas Corn Commission has grant money for blender pumps, with the stipulation that you carry E15. I know of others that are trying to get blender pumps to carry it as well. The more blender pumps the better. I think that the process is going to be very slow! High gas prices are driving people to E85 in our area. Still have a long ways to go. It amazes us how the mechanics at the car dealerships tell people that ethanol is bad for their FFV's. So much bad stigma! I saw a postal worker in a FFV van yesterday filling up with unleaded. I went out and told him that he should be filling with E85. He had the FFV on the back and the yellow gas cap. He said, "well I was looking at the sign while I was filling up (with unleaded), and wondered if I was supposed to be using that. I was looking at the price difference." I told him that it was in fact a federal mandate. We are going to go the postmaster and try to get that changed. I was thinking...geez...no wonder the postal service is losing money! I couldn't believe that they are using unleaded in their flex fuel fleet. It's crazy!
  8. http://www.ethanolrfa.org/news/entry/ethanol-industry-applauds-epa-approvals/ WASHINGTON - (April 2, 2012) Today, for the first time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved E15 (gasoline with 15 percent ethanol) as a registered fuel. This is one step closer to seeing low-cost, renewable E15 sold into the American fuels marketplace. This is the most significant development in a three year effort to approve sale of the mid-level ethanol blend, and it follows EPA's approval of health effects testing of the fuel in February. "Our nation needs E15 to reduce our dependence on foreign oil - it will keep gas prices down at the pump and help to end the extreme fluctuations in gas prices caused by our reliance on fuel from unstable parts of the world," said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy. "Today's announcement from EPA finally puts that goal within reach." "This announcement strengthens the ethanol industry's efforts to innovate and continue to deliver domestically-produced and affordable alternatives to foreign oil," said Buis. "With ethanol selling an average of a dollar a gallon cheaper than gasoline and $4 a gallon gasoline on the horizon, we'd encourage all Americans to ask their local filling station how soon they will see more-affordable E15."
  9. James48843...thanks for that link! Interesting that Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts from Kansas voted against it. Really surprised met that Nebraska's Nelson and Johann voted against it. Maybe we should be writing letters and bringing attention to this. I know that I will be. >
  10. James 48843....I tried that link it was about Bush endorsing Romney. I would love to see the video you were talking about. I'd also like to see that list. I'm a conservative but I think many conservatives voted in favor of big oil. Just curious who voted for what. It is an election year. ???
  11. http://ethanolproducer.com/articles/8675/usda-explores-potential-for-biofuel-crops-at-airports "Researchers at the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service recently conducted a study to explore the potential for lands surrounding airports to be used for alternative energy production. The study specifically evaluated the possibility for solar panel and wind turbine placement and the establishment of energy crops, such as switchgrass, which could be used to produce cellulosic ethanol."
  12. http://ethanolproducer.com/articles/8674/bill-to-end-tax-breaks-for-big-oil-defeated-in-senate "Obama pointed out that the biggest oil companies are bringing in record profits at the same time they receive billions yearly in taxpayer subsidies. He likened it to hitting American consumers twice as drivers pay a premium at the pump due to current prices as well as paying for tax subsidies for the last century. “It’s not like these are companies that can’t stand on their own,” he said. “Last year, the three biggest U.S. oil companies took home more than $80 billion in profit. Exxon pocketed nearly $4.7 million every hour. And when the price of oil goes up, prices at the pump go up, and so do these companies’ profits. In fact, one analysis shows that every time gas goes up by a penny, these companies usually pocket another $200 million in quarterly profits. Meanwhile, these companies pay a lower tax rate than most other companies on their investments – partly because we’re giving them billions in tax giveaways every year.” "Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, was at the White House for the President’s Rose Garden remarks. He noted that the U.S. ethanol industry agreed to go without its major subsidy, the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit, and called on the oil industry to step up and do the same. “We agree with the President that if taxpayers are going to invest in anything, it should be clean energy, like ethanol,” Buis said. “American ethanol creates U.S. jobs, is proven to reduce emissions, and strengthens our national security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil.”
  13. Hoping that this trend means some relief in E85 prices. E10 went up another .10 in Wichita today. The more the price spread the better. We had a guy today with a FFV truck starting to use E10...I ran out to the pump and asked him if he knew that he could use the E85. He had no idea...he was surprised that he could. It never ceases to surprise me how many people have no idea they can use E85. ??? Wintermute...I hear ya". The ethanol haters are very hostile. I was so surprised when I started posting on Gasbuddy...unfortunately for them, the pro ethanol people have about worn them down. Occasionally some get wind of what's going on in the "all things ethanol" site and come out of left field attacking. I get so tired of the misinformation...it keeps me going. They tried to chase me off...it just made me more determined. >
  14. Thumpin455. I agree with you. I've been doing postings of Ferrari's with E85 conversions and a Swedish car. The increase in horsepower is crazy. How people can call it "junk" on gasbuddy amazes me. It's racing fuel. We have had a couple people come in and buy E85 for their race cars. Some people just don't want to believe it and are never going to believe it. I've quit trying to convert them. It's just a waste of time and energy.
  15. TD....there's a big push in Kansas for Blender pumps. The Kansas Corn Growers Association is giving out money. I think blender pumps will be the only source, at least for a while. We have blender pumps at one location. Hope to eventually have them at our other.
  16. Haha....you don't scare us Jonny Energy. Please don't feel ignored. My husband has been super busy on other projects. We aren't ready yet. We'll get with you when we are. I'm struggling with this site a little. I don't know how to tell if I have a PM. ??? We're sponsoring a screening of the Tickell's newest film "The Big Fix" here in April. Love those people! :-*
  17. http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/291950/conspiracy-restraint-trade-robert-zubrin This article certainly makes one think why the automakers are fighting E15 so hard. I ran across this last month. The Kansas Corn Growers Commission had it on their Facebook page. "This is a very curious situation. One may well ask, why should an automaker choose to disable a useful feature that it has built into its cars? It seems to make no sense for any company to take measures to degrade its own product. Furthermore, given the fact that the auto industry has a fundamental interest in low fuel prices — consumers have only so much they can spend on transportation, and it either goes for cars or for gas — why should it choose to cripple a capability that otherwise could serve to erode prices at the pump? It seems like a very bizarre policy — until you look at who owns and controls the auto companies."
  18. Huskerflex....you are so right. I think that the average person reading that article will just end up being confused. :-\ I posted it for the gas guzzlers as well. :-[ I'm sure that they will pick it apart!
  19. This was on the front page of the KC Star this morning. Ready or not, Kansas is one of three states in line for more ethanol in its gasoline. The Environmental Protection Agency last year allowed E15 — gasoline with 15 percent ethanol — for model year 2001 and newer vehicles. Now the agency is ready to take the next step — approve applications to sell E15, making it legal to use in roughly 60 percent of the country’s cars and light trucks Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/03/21/3518991/push-is-on-for-e15-ethanol-blend.html#storylink=cpy
  20. Huskerflex...I hear ya! actually, a one of the posters suggested that if I couldn't deal with it anymore, that we should come over hear. I think that he was worried. He is a very strong pro ethanol advocate. There's a few over there that I am sure that their mother's must have dropped them on their heads. They would argue about ice water just for the sake of arguing.
  21. I welcome any help...come on over! I can use all the help that I can get! They have no idea that they are dealing with a female! Haha ;D I think one might know, but her is pro ethanol and backs me. I have some momentum going...think I about have the "haters" worn down, but I know they will never give up. I actually have a couple people that ask me questions, that are curious about ethanol. I try to help, but the "haters" try to discredit me. Some see through their "spin" and have decided to use it. That makes it worth while to me. It can get pretty rough at times over there. They used to upset me but now I just think that they are funny.
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