Protec Fuel Celebrates E85 in Little Rock

A promotion offering 85% ethanol fuel for 85 cents a gallon will celebrate the grand opening of five new E85 pumps in the Little Rock, Arkansas area next week.

Florida-based Protec Fuel supplies the fuel and conducted installation of Coulson Oil‘s E85 pumps which are already open to the public. The big celebration will be held on August 10 at the Shell SuperStop in Little Rock, starting at 10:00 am. The event will feature the $.85 fuel promo for flex-fuel vehicles and speakers will include Lt. Governor Mark A. Darr, Energy Office Director Scott Hamilton, and company representatives.

More information about the event is available on-line from Coulson and Protec Fuel.

Glencoe, MN to Host Ethanol Promotion

There will be a celebration at the Glencoe Coop on August 8th to mark the installation of the community’s first blender pump. The project was supported by a $6,771 grant from the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) that was created in the 2002 Farm Bill. The program helps with the purchase and installation of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements on farms and rural businesses.  President Obama’s administration has set a goal of installing 10,000 blender pumps across the country withing the next 5 years.

The station, located at Glencoe, Minnesota, will be hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, August 8th beginning at 10:45 am CST. Representatives from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be on hand along with a number of other special guests. Following a brief presentation, a flexible fuel vehicle (FFV) pump promotion will take place from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm sponsored in part by the American Lung Association of Minnesota. Fuel discounts during the promotion are as follows and mid-level blends of ethanol can only be used in FFV’s but everyone is welcome to come to the event to show their support for fuel choice at the pump.

  • · 85 cents off per gallon of E85
  • · 50 cents off per gallon of E50
  • · 30 cents off per gallon of E30
  • · 20 cents off per gallon of E20

RFA Sponsors Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Next week the 71st Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally kicks off in Sturgis, South Dakota. Once again, thousands of motorcycle riders will have the opportunity to learn about the benefits of ethanol at the Legendary Buffalo Chip through the Renewable Fuels Association’s “Fueled with Pride” sponsorship.

Similar to past years, RFA will hand out promotional materials and merchandise. In addition, an E85 flex-fuel motorcycle will be on display in a photo booth where attendees can have their picture professionally taken with the Buffalo Chip logo in the background. The photos will be available on the ChooseEthanol website. RFA is using this opportunity to educate attendees from around the country about ethanol, which is often characterized as a problem fuel for engines found in motorcycles.

“This event provides an opportunity to reach out to such a large group of consumers at one time and let them know about the benefits of ethanol fuel that is produced right here in the U.S.,” said Buffalo Chip Campground Sponsorship Director Lon Nordbye. “This year, we will be able to show them too with our E85 motorcycle display. “The Chip is excited to continue its partnership with the RFA and show our rally attendees that they can have a choice in fuel, no matter what their engine type is.”

Another key Sturgis event is the Fourth Annual Legends Ride, taking place on August 5, where more than 500 riders are expected to join together to ride 50 miles from Deadwood, South Dakota to the Legendary Buffalo Chip. RFA also sponsors this charitable event that has raised more than $150,000 in three years, with all proceeds benefiting the Black Hills Special Olympics and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame.

“We are happy to be partnering again with the Buffalo Chip to show riders that ethanol-blended fuels are a safe and effective alternative to petroleum that can used in motorcycle engines, along with every other vehicle riders have at home,” said Robert White, RFA Director of Market Development and motorcycle enthusiast. “Increasing the use of domestic, clean-burning fuels allows us to become a more energy secure country, reducing our dependence on foreign oil and creating more jobs.”

POET and Growth Energy Win Regional NAMA Awards

National Agri-Marketing AssociationEthanol industry campaigns targeting the general public and Congress have won top awards from Region II of the National Agri-Marketing Association, which covers the west central part of the country from Montana to Texas.

First place honors for “Television Ad Series” and “Best in Show” from the NAMA Region II went to a national TV advertising campaign for ethanol producer POET. The campaign includes three ads, each representing a different aspect of ethanol production. A farmer, a scientist and a plant manager recite free-verse poetry explaining their role in helping solve the nation’s fuel crisis. The campaign ran on Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC, CNN and HLN. The ads, which can be seen on POET’s website, were designed by 3 Advertising out of Albuquerque, N.M. POET’s website, which was also designed by 3 Advertising, won first place in the Internet Website category.

In the same region, the national advertising campaign “Facts” by Growth Energy won a First Place award for outdoor creative. The Facts ad campaign launched in April and ran through the fall, with nearly $3 million invested on national TV, on-line, traditional print, and outdoor ads. The outdoor creative segment of the campaign was Growth Energy’s “station domination” at the Washington, DC, Capitol South Metro station – the closest stop to the U.S. Capitol and the offices of the House of Representatives – which included 45 large-scale floor mats, pylon wraps, wall graphics and banners. The campaign also won a Merit Award in the multi-media category, for how the creative was used on national TV, on-line, and in traditional print and broadcast, as well as outdoor. The TV spots can be viewed on Growth Energy’s website.

The submissions now advance to the Best of NAMA National Awards in Kansas City in April.

Minnesota Stations Offer Frequent Ethanol User Cards

Three fuel stations in Minnesota are now offering drivers of Flex Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) a chance to save money with frequent ethanol user cards.

The Meadowland C-Store Cenex in Wabasso, Meadowland Farmers Coop in Lamberton and Country Pride Services in Windom are providing frequent fuel punch cards (one per household) to the first 50 flex fuel vehicle drivers starting today. The punch cards will offer a $10 discount on the fourth tankful of E85, E50, E30 or E20 fuels they purchase at those locations.

The promotion is being supported by the American Lung Association in Minnesota, Redwood County Corn Growers Association, Cottonwood County Corn and Soybean Growers Association, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, US Department of Energy Clean Cities and the Minnesota Clean Air Choice Team. For more information, see www.CleanAirChoice.org.

Iowa City Woman Wins $7,500 In Free Fuel & Food

An Iowa City woman received a very welcome early holiday gift – free food and fuel for a year from the  Iowa Corn Growers Association. Katie Ortmann was the winner of the Iowa Corn Fed GameDay GiveAway campaign when her name was called during halftime of the Iowa State versus Iowa men’s basketball game held this past Friday, December 10, 2010 in Iowa City.

The year-long promotion, designed to highlight the many uses of corn and its importance to Iowa, traversed a year of Iowa State versus Iowa sporting events that included football, basketball and wrestling matches. Iowans were able to register to win from August 20th through November 20th and the grand prize was free food and fuel for one year valued at $5,000 in groceries and $2,500 in ethanol from Kum & Go.

Runner-up prizes were also awarded. Marc Foster, also of Iowa City, was randomly selected to win free food and fuel during the Iowa versus Iowa State wrestling meet on Friday, December 3. In addition, Chris Dodel’s name was drawn to win the same prize during the Iowa versus Iowa State women’s basketball game on Thursday, December 9th. He resides in Urbana, Iowa.

“We’ve reached thousands of people with the Iowa Corn Fed GameDay GiveAway promotion,” said Mindy Williamson, director of communications and public relations for the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) and the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA). “Ethanol use was just one benefit featured in the program, which included food and feed uses for corn and messages about corn’s importance to Iowa’s economy, environment and energy independence.”

On behalf of ICGA and ICPB, Williamson thanked Kum & Go, Cyclone Sports Properties and Hawkeye Sports Properties for helping to sponsor the Iowa Corn Fed GameDay GiveAway sweepstakes that is part of a four-year contract with both Hawkeye Sports Properties and Cyclone Sports Properties. The promotion includes radio, television, internet, and on-site marketing and highlights the many uses for corn and its importance to Iowa- as everyday is GameDay for Iowa’s farmers.

E85 for 85 Cents on Saturday

For those lucky residents of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, you have a chance to kick off the Thanksgiving celebration with food and fuel this Saturday, November 20, 2010. Flex-fuel drivers (FFV) will have the opportunity to fill up with E85 for 85 cents per gallon from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Woodman’s Market located at 8131 S. Howell Avenue, Oak Creek.

During a time when many Americans are going hungry, promoters are also encouraging the community to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the Oak Creek Salvation Army food pantry.

But that’s not all. A special guest will also be on hand during the promotion – Guinness Book of World Records holder and Wisconsin resident Scott Dillman and his motorcycle. He recently completed the longest journey, 479 miles, on a pocket motorcycle running only on E85. The record took two attempts to succeed. He traveled from his home in Lamartine (Southeast of Fond du Lac) then onto Reedsburg, through Wautoma, Wisconsin Rapids, Thorp, Baraboo, Portage, and Beaver Dam. From there he headed home breaking the old record by 29 miles.

“The American Lung Association in Wisconsin recognizes E85 as a Clean Air Choice for its role in reducing harmful tailpipe emissions that cause lung disease,” says Jolene McNutt, clean fuels coordinator and a sponsor of the promotion. “Widespread use of E85 in flex fuel vehicles is one way to improve air quality for all residents of Wisconsin, especially the Milwaukee area where air quality play a large role in the health of our communities.”

For more information about the promotion, to determine if you drive an FFV and to learn more about the sponsors, click here.

Don’t Miss the Down on the Farm Solar Tour

Mississippi Solar is getting excited for the National Solar Tour, an event that showcases solar energy for home buyers, businesses and everyone in between. The event is overseen by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), and this year more than 650 tours are already scheduled for early October. This is the second year that Mississippi Solar will participate in the natural grassroots event.

“The appetite for solar in America’s southeast is growing, and Mississippi Solar’s Will and Carolyn Hegman are serving up some mouth-watering, cost-effective ideas to feed that hunger during their “Down on the Farm Solar Tour,’” said ASES National Solar Tour Manager Richard Burns. The tour is part of the non-profit American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour, the world’s largest grassroots solar event.

The “Down on the Farm Solar Tour” takes place October 2, 2010 from 9 am to 4 pm at 211 Popes Road, Carthage, Mississippi, 39051. Guided tours, which run every two hours beginning at 9 am, will highlight three distinctly different grid-tie installations. The first is a 2.4 kW solar carport ready for Tennessee-made electric vehicles rolling off assembly lines next year. Also featured is a ground-mount system with battery back-up. However, homes are not the only stop on the tour. Participants will also see the 8.4 kW, solar PV solution that sits atop a chicken house located at Spencer Pope Farms.

“We’re in the business of solar, but here in Mississippi we’re also in the business of educating. That’s what this tour is about,” said Hegman. “There are so many myths we’re battling, like there’s not enough sunshine to make solar viable – or that solar is just a fad. Truth is, all production figures for our solar installations have exceeded forecast projections thus far.”

Schools are getting involved in the tour by hosting their own solar day. In addition, the Choctaw Central High School, winners of the Hunt-Winston Solar Car Challenge, will also have their car on display. Click here to learn more about the “Down on the Farm Solar Tour.”

Ride for Renewables

This past Sunday, Tom Weis left Boulder, Colorado on a hybrid electric-assist recumbent trike on a 2,500 mile journey that will end in Washington, DC. Coined the Ride for Renewables, Weis is set out to gain support for his plan that calls for a 100% renewable electricity grid for the U.S. by 2020.

Weis believes that 2010 is the year America needs to set the agenda to address climate change and he is so passionate about making change, that he is willing to pedal across the country to build grassroots support for his plan. He writes on his website, “This is about everyday Americans “taking back our power” by demanding a green industrial revolution that will put unemployed Americans back to work, reestablish our role as world economic leader, and help ensure future generations a livable planet.”

Weis will be traveling through Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and ending in Washington, DC. Along the way, he will highlight local renewable projects, bring attention to old, dirty technologies that need to be replaced and solicit signatures for his petition that he will present to DC legislators. You can follow his journey online at www.climatecrisissolutions.com where he will post photos and videos and he will also be posting to various social media sites.

Solar is Cooking

The American Solar Energy Society’s (ASES) National Solar Tour is set to become the most successful solar event to date, with 648 community solar tours registered. The number of registered tours, which are designed to engage tens of thousands of citizens interested about solar, is nearly triple that of last year when 150,000 people across 49 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico participated.

“Interest in the solar industry is cooking, and consumers across the nation are eager to sample its wares, which bring enticing tax credits, cash rebates, improved property values and cleaner communities to home and business owners across America,” said ASES National Solar Tour Manager Richard Burns.

The 15th annual tour features open house tours of thousands of solar-powered homes, businesses and public agencies. The featured solar projects will demonstrate to consumers how they can save money on their energy bills, reduce carbon emissions and receive tax credits and cash incentives to install solar now. This year, the bulk of the tours will take place on or around October 2, 2010 in all 48 states with just North Dakota and West Virginia missing. In addition, Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are hosting their first solar tours.

According to ASES, among the projects of solar solutions showcased are investments that have helped a couple beat Wall Street with their green ROI, an Iraqi war veteran now fighting in the renewable revolution, solar-powered homes, schools, public agencies, condo complexes, and businesses that run the gamut from solar-powered poultry farms to funeral homes.

Burns says as technologies have evolved, so have the diversity and sophistication of the solutions showcased on the tour. But it is the practical, grassroots approach of the people behind the tours that have made this event such a hit across America. The self-guided and bus-hosted tours are organized by grassroots organizations and solar installers throughout the country. Many tours are free; some tour hosts are non-profits and may request a donation. Click here to register for a tour.