Gov. Ricketts in Grant this Friday
Governor Pete Ricketts will be in Grant this Friday, July 20 for Aurora A-Stop’s grand opening and the Perkins County Fair.
Ricketts is scheduled to speak at the grand opening ceremony of Aurora Cooperative’s A-Stop 24-hour pump site at 2 p.m. Area chamber members, Nebraska Corn and Ethanol Board representatives and customers and employees of Aurora Cooperative will also be in attendance to help celebrate the newest A-Stop location.
Those who stop from 1-6 p.m. will receive $10 of ethanol-blended gasoline.
Located just north of Grant on Highway 61, A-Stop provides E10, E15, E30, E85 and diesel around the clock. The E15 blends and up all contain a higher-octane blend consisting of either 15 percent, 30 percent or 85 percent ethanol.
“We are committed to serving the needs of the Grant community and its surrounding areas which is why it was a no-brainer to bring this pump site here, giving them the opportunity to use all blends of ethanol,” said Chris Vincent, CEO of Aurora Cooperative.
“With the E15 blend specifically being a new offering in the area, we are excited to see the response of the local consumers who will be using this cleaner-burning, less expensive fuel option which will help pump revenue back into the local community by utilizing Nebraska farmers’ corn for ethanol use.”
“It’s always a positive when we can add businesses to our community that provide additional services to our patrons and those traveling through Perkins County,” said Jamie Picquet, president of the Perkins County Chamber of Commerce.
E15 has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use in all passenger vehicles model year 2001 or newer. Flex-fuel vehicles capable of operating on blends up to E85 (85 percent ethanol) can also use E15 regardless of model year.
According to ethanol facts released by the Nebraska Corn Board, the approved group of vehicles for E15 includes more than 80 percent of the cars, trucks and SUVs on the road today.
Not only will consumers save money at the pump, but using higher blends of ethanol provides a higher octane boost as well as being a more environmentally friendly choice for Nebraska’s air.
“The increased availability of higher ethanol blends is a win for farmers, a win for consumers, and a win for the environment,” said Roger Berry, director of market development with the Nebraska Corn Board.
“We’re happy to partner with groups, like Aurora Cooperative, to help support infrastructure development to enhance Nebraska’s ethanol offerings.”
Perkins County Fair
Governor Ricketts is scheduled to arrive at the Perkins County Fair at 3 p.m. The pedal tractor pull begins at this time, followed by the ranch rodeo at 5 p.m.
Fair Board President Darren Jensen said Gov. Ricketts is scheduled to speak before the ranch rodeo begins.