E85 Information and Facts
Better for the Environment
- According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, each gallon of corn ethanol today delivers as much as 2.3 times more energy than is used to produce it.
- The use of E85 results in a reduction in greenhouse emissions of nearly 40%, and ozone-forming pollutants significantly. It also reduces exhaust volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions by 12%.
- According to Dr. Michael Wang of Argonne National Laboratory, one gallon of ethanol reduces CO2 emissions by 6.41 pounds. Recent research has found that CO2 is the largest contributor of global climate change, the term used to categorize significant climate changes that are detrimental to human and plant life.
- Work from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln found today’s ethanol reduces direct GHG emissions between 48-59% compared to gasoline.
High Octane Performance
- Ethanol has an octane rating of 113.
- As of 2011 NASCAR has been using E15 which is a 15% blend of ethanol fuel providing high performance and cleaner burning engines.
Better for the Economy
- In 2011, the production of nearly 14 billion gallons of ethanol helped support more than 401,000 jobs in all sectors of the economy.
- The average ethanol facility employs approximately 50 individuals, including chemists, engineers, accountants, managers, and all levels of support staff.
- Ethanol production has continued to expand geographically, with 209 ethanol bio refineries now operating in 29 states, bringing economic opportunity to tens of thousands of Americans, many of whom live in rural areas.
- The amount of agricultural land required to produce 15 billion gallons of grain ethanol in the United States by 2015, as required by the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), is likely to be less than 1 percent of total world cropland.
- One-third of every bushel of grain processed into ethanol is enhanced and returned to the animal feed market in the form of distillers grains, corn gluten feed or corn gluten meal.
- 1 bushel of corn = 2.8 gallons of ethanol, 17.5 pounds of livestock feed (distillers grains) and 18 pounds of carbon dioxide.