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Ethanol and Pump Prices
Renewable Fuels Standard
Energy Balance of Ethanol
Ethanol and the Economy
Ethanol and the Environment
Ethanol and Health
Ethanol and Vehicle Performance
The Real Cost of Oil 
Efficiency of Ethanol Production Facilities 
Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Biofuels & Low Carbon Fuel Standard

 

Ethanol and Consumer Food Prices 

 

Ethanol and Pump Prices

Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS)

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Energy Balance of Ethanol

  • 2008 Energy Balance for the Corn-Ethanol Industry: U.S. Department of Agriculture, June 2010. An updated report finds that ethanol produced in the U.S. has a positive energy balance of 1 to 2.3 units of energy.
  • Net Energy Balance of Ethanol Derived from Switchgrass: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2008. This five-year study of "actual farms" was the first of its kind. The study finds that ethanol derived from switchgrass produces 540% more energy than is consumed to make it, that the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from switchgrass ethanol are 94% lower than gasoline, and much more.

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Ethanol and the Economy

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Ethanol and the Environment

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Ethanol and Health

  • The Health Benefits of Ethanol:  C. Boyden Gray, Fall 2010.  This white paper written by C. Boyden Gray, former White House Counsel and architect of many of the Clean Air Act Amendments, outlines the often-overlooked health benefits of ethanol.

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Ethanol and Vehicle Performance

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The Real Cost of Oil

Efficiency of Ethanol Production Facilities

  • Detailed Report: 2008 National Dry Mill Corn Ethanol Survey: Dr. Steffen Mueller, University of Illinois at Chicago Energy Research Center, May 2010. Compared to 2001, U.S. ethanol plants have significantly reduced the energy inputs and have increased yields of ethanol per bushel of corn.
  • Analysis of the Efficiency of the U.S. Ethanol Industry 2007: Center for Transportation Research, Argonne Nationa Laboratory & the Renewable Fuels Association, March 2008. This survey reveals that compared to 2001 levels, ethanol production facilities have increased yield (gal denatured ethanol/bu) while decreasing energy and water usage.

Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Biofuels & Low Carbon Fuel Standard

To access any older studies that focus on the ethanol industry, email Chuck Beck. He can be contacted at cbeck@ethanol.org.

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