Ethanol

Ethanol 2017-01-10T21:53:25+00:00

What is Ethanol?

Ethanol is grain alcohol produced from renewable sources, such as corn. It is a clean-burning fuel blended with gasoline to reduce harmful emissions and increase the octane of the fuel. The most common blends of fuel containing ethanol are E10, E20, E30 and E85 with the “E” representing the percentage of ethanol. E10 is safe to use in all vehicles and higher blends are suitable for flex fuel vehicles. North Dakota is a national leader in offering consumers a choice at the pump by installing more than 200 blender pumps across the state as a result of the North Dakota Biofuels Blender Pump Program.

The 3 E’s of Ethanol

  • Economy
    North Dakota’s ethanol industry contributes more than $300 million annually to the state’s economy. The United States’ ethanol industry adds $42.4 billion to the Gross Domestic Product and contributes $29.9 billion to household income and $8 billion in tax revenue.
  • Environment
    Ethanol use reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 30 to 50 percent compared to standard gasoline. Ethanol blends also reduce carbon monoxide emissions in vehicles by 10 to 30 percent. Energy Independence The ethanol used in the United States in 2011 displaced 485 million barrels of imported oil — more than the total 2011 crude oil imports from Saudi Arabia. This saved taxpayers $49.7 billion that would have been sent to foreign oil producers.
  • Energy Independence
    The ethanol used in the United States in 2011 displaced 485 million barrels of imported oil — more than the total 2011 crude oil imports from Saudi Arabia. This saved taxpayers $49.7 billion that would have been sent to foreign oil producers.

For more information on ethanol in North Dakota, visit the North Dakota Ethanol Council’s webpage.