Ethanol Facts

Did You Know That:

  • Ethanol is widely marketed across the country as a high octane enhancer and oxygenate that reduces air pollution and improves automobile performance.
  • Ethanol production reduces our energy Imports and exports our supplies of transportation fuel, thereby reducing overall gasoline prices and benefiting consumers.
  • In 2013, ethanol accounted for 10% of the U.S. gasoline supply.
  • Ethanol does not drive up the price of gasoline. In fact, the addition of ethanol to American fuel has helped to keep prices down during times of tight supply.
  • In 2013, the use of ethanol in the U.S. eliminated the need to import 462 million barrels of oil and saved consumers $1 per gallon on average at the pump .
  • Ethanol blends up to 10% are approved under the warranties of all the major auto manufactures, domestic and foreign, marketing in the U.S.
  • Ethanol is a renewable fuel produced from plants, unlike petroleum-based fossil fuels that have a limited supply and are the major contributor of carbon dioxide emissions, a greenhouse gas.
  • 80% of all revenue generated by an ethanol facility is spent within a 50-mile radius of the plant, thereby creating substantial pockets of rural economic development.
  • Research studies from a variety of sources have found ethanol to have a positive net energy balance. The most recent, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, shows that ethanol provides an average net energy gain of at least 67%.
  • Modern Ethanol plants are built with and utilize the best emission-control technology available. Thermal oxidizers (TOs) control the vast majority of emissions and odors that might come out of a plant.

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