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
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.
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.
For more information on ethanol in North Dakota, visit the North Dakota Ethanol Council’s webpage.
Find Ethanol in North Dakota
Nine out of 10 cars on the road – any car model from 2001 or newer – can use E15 to keep their engines revving. E15 is a high-performance fuel, with a naturally high octane that burns cleaner and cooler than regular gasoline. Americans are already driving a million miles a day on E15 and reaping these benefits every day – join them and see for yourself. Find a station offering E15, or other ethanol blends using the link below!
Ethanol & Small Engines
All small engine manufacturers in the United States approve the use of E10 (10 percent ethanol, 90 percent gasoline) in their equipment. A 10 percent ethanol blend is found in more than 95 percent of gasoline sold in the U.S. today. Manufacturers build products with the proper components to run on E10. For more information on E10 approvals by marine engine, motorcycle, off-road and small engine manufacturers visit the Renewable Fuel Association’s website. Learn more about ethanol and your small gas engines here.