06-22-16 CO Corn News: Kum & Go promotions offering E85 for just 85 cents per gallon headed back to Colorado Springs June 28th…

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Kum & Go logoKum & Go promotions offering E85 for just 85 cents per gallon headed back to Colorado Springs this Tuesday

After going through thousands of gallons in only a few hours at a time during recent weeks, Kum & Go’s E85 promotions continue this summer along the Front Range, and will be headed back to Colorado Springs next week.

Kum & Go is teaming up with the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee and Front Range Energy to host this series of events, drawing attention to ethanol, E85 and Flex-Fuel Vehicles, and informing the public of their many benefits.

The next promotion is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, at the Kum & Go in Colorado Springs, at 7385 Duryea Drive.

The event this coming Tuesday and all others this summer will include big discounts on E85 (85 cents per gallon) and giveaways, and Colorado Corn staff and others will be on site spreading the good word about this clean-burning, American-made biofuel.

E85 is an abbreviation for a fuel blend of 70 to 85 percent ethanol with the remainder being gasoline, and is available for use in Flex-Fuel Vehicles. Many common makes and models of vehicles released during the past decade are flex-fuel capable, with an estimated 250,000-plus Flex-Fuel Vehicles on the roads here in Colorado.

For anyone who’s unsure if they’re driving a Flex-Fuel Vehicle, there’s typically a yellow gas cap, or an emblem on the back of the vehicle indicating if it’s a Flex-Fuel Vehicle.

Remaining schedule for this summer’s Kum & Go E85 promotions:

  • July 5, Wellington (8150 6th St.)
  • July 12, Monument (1410 Cipriani Loop)

Why are ethanol fuel blends like E85 so beneficial?

  • REDUCED EMISSIONS – In 2015, ethanol was credited with lowering U.S. CO2-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions from transportation by 41.2 million metric tons – the equivalent of removing 8.7 million cars from the road.
  • IMPROVING YOUR HEALTH – Biofuels displace other cancer-causing gasoline additives, like benzene, which is the same chemical found in cigarette smoke.
  • REDUCED IMPORTED OIL – With 14.8 billion gallons of domestic ethanol used in the U.S. in 2015, our net import oil dependence was lowered to 25 percent, but otherwise would have been 32 percent.
  • ECONOMIC IMPACT – In 2015, ethanol supported 85,967 direct jobs, added $44 billion to our GDP, and increased household income by $24 billion, much of which took place in our nation’s rural areas.
  • LOWERING FUEL PRICES AT THE PUMP – The increase in overall fuel supplies with domestically produced ethanol being blended with gasoline helps lower gas prices at the pump, by anywhere from $0.50-$1.50 per gallon.
  • POSITIVE ENERGY BALANCE – One unit of energy invested in the corn ethanol production process results in 2.3 units of usable energy in the form of ethanol.
  • ENOUGH TO GO AROUND – Today’s efficient farmers ensure adequate supplies of corn are available for use in food, biofuels and other purposes, while also carrying over 1.5 to 2.5 billion bushels annually.
Colorado Corn, based in Greeley, is made up of the Colorado Corn Growers Association and Colorado Corn Administrative Committee. The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) is comprised of dues-paying members who are politically active, focusing on policy that impacts corn producers and agriculture in general. The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) oversees how Colorado’s corn check-off dollars (one penny per bushel of corn produced in the state) are spent on research, market development, outreach, education and other various endeavors. See more about the work of the two organizations atwww.coloradocorn.com.