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Fueling Fresh Air with Ethanol

What Is Ethanol?

Ethanol is a renewable fuel made from plants and also reduces greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful pollutants. Ethanol burns cleaner than gasoline, improving the environment and our car engines. In addition to benefiting the environment and our cars, ethanol increases our energy independence, lowers fuel prices, provides rural jobs, and supports local farmers.
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Why Ethanol?

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Why Ethanol

Fueling fresh air
with ethanol

Today’s corn ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 46% compared to gasoline. Ethanol is a cleaner, green fuel responsible for removing the carbon equivalent of 12 million from the road yearly (Renewable Fuels Association.) The increased use of ethanol, and higher blends, contributes to cleaner air, reducing toxic emissions of smog and other ultra-fine particles by up to 50% (Growth Energy.)


Better For
Your Vehicle

Biofuels are more efficient because they burn cleaner than gasoline, meaning higher performance for your car’s engine. Higher ethanol blends provide a more efficient option as they can save on more trips to the pump and costly mechanic bills for fuel-related engine problems.



Ethanol is not only less expensive than petroleum-based gasoline, but it also reduces the consumption of it. Higher blends such as E15 cut the gas price on average by $0.77 per gallon.


Better For
Our Community

Ethanol production plays a vital role in boosting rural economies, especially right here in Western New York. According to the Renewable Fuels Association, “Ethanol and feed-co product production provide a valuable market for corn grown in the United States. A typical dry mill ethanol plant adds nearly $2 of additional value – or 55% – to every bushel of corn processed.”

Increases Our
Energy Independence

Ethanol is vital in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil. According to Growth Energy, “since the Renewable Fuel Standard was enacted in 2005, America’s crude oil imports have dropped almost 50%.” In 2021, ethanol displaced over 500 million barrels of crude oil – further protecting our country’s energy independence.

Ethanol Facts

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— Boosts Octane? TRUE

The higher the octane, the greater the torque, power and efficiency. With a 113 octane rating , ethanol is the highest-rated performance fuel in the market and keeps today’s engines running smoothly.

— Keeps fuel systems clean? TRUE
Ethanol and detergents help to keep gummy deposits out of a car’s fuel system .
— Prevents wintertime problems? TRUE
Ethanol acts as a gas line antifreeze helping to reduce wintertime issues.
— Clean, affordable fuel? TRUE
Using ethanol reduces polluting substances from tailpipe emissions such as:

  • Carbon monoxide
  • Exhaust hydrocarbons
  • Benzene
  • Toxics
  • Fine particulate matter
— Helps reduce climate change-related emissions? TRUE
Conventional ethanol helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 43% compared to gasoline.

Fun Fact

Ethanol is utilized by professional racers, NASCAR, lndyCar Series and American Le Mans. Several teams in high-profile national and international racing competitions use ethanol blends like E15, E85, and even E98 because of its high octane and exceptional performance.

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What about boat engines?

All major marine engine manufacturers, including Honda, Kawasaki, and Mercury Marine, approve the use of E 10 in their products. E 10 is, in fact, the fuel preferred by the National Boat Racing Association.

What about classic cars?

Classic cars represent just a fraction of vehicles on the road today. 1,500 hours of durability testing show that with proper maintenance, E 10 can be used in classic autos.

What about small engines like lawnmowers and weed eaters?

All major manufacturers of small engines and outdoor power equipment approve the use of E 10.

What about motorcycle engines?

E10 is approved by all major motorcycle engine manufacturers. For decades, E10 has been used by motorcyclists as a safe and cost saving alternative to pure gasoline.

What about higher-level blends?

Higher-level blends like E20-E40 and E85 are approved for use in flex-fuel vehicle engines.

What about E15?

More than three-fourths of new vehicles are manufacturer-approved to use E15. EPA allows the use of E15 in vehicles built since 2001.