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Ethanol

Ethanol is environmentally friendly, renewable, safe and it contributes to our energy independence.

Using ethanol reduces harmful auto emissions and reduces our dependence on foreign oil and expensive domestic crude oil.

One bushel of field corn yields 2.8 gallons of fuel ethanol and 17.5 pounds of high protein dried distillers grain for livestock feed.

  • 15.7 billion gallons of ethanol reduced the need for crude oil imports by 514 million barrels.
  • Consumers save 22 cents on every gallon of gas thanks to the Renewable Fuel Standard. That’s a savings of nearly $5 every time you fill up, or $250 per American family every year.
  • Ethanol use reduces carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen and other pollutants.
  • The Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS, reduced motor fuel GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions by nearly 600 metric tons in 2019.
  • The 600 million metric tons of GHG reduction achieved under the RFS is equivalent to the GHG savings that would result from removing roughly half of the nation’s automobiles from the road for a full year or shutting down 154 coal-fired power plants for a year, according to EPA.

Economic Impact of Ethanol

Ethanol production adds value to U.S. agricultural products and brings billions of dollars into the nation’s economy each year.

  • In 2019, there were 68,684 U.S. jobs directly associated with the ethanol industry, and it supported an additional 280,327 indirect and induced jobs across all sectors of the economy.
  • In 2019, ethanol created $23.3 billion in household income for Americans.

Learn more about ethanol and the Renewable Fuels Standard at the Renewable Fuels Association.

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Low Carbon Footprint

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Higher Blends & Blender Pumps

According to the Renewable Fuels Association, 70 percent of all gasoline is blended with ethanol.

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Co-Products

Dried distillers grain with solubles (DDGS) is an important co-product of ethanol production.

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