Ethanol is a renewable fuel made from corn and other plant materials. The use of ethanol is widespread— almost all gasoline in the U.S. contains ethanol in a low-level blend. Ethanol is also available as E85—a high-level ethanol blend—for use in flexible fuel vehicles.
Biofuels and Biomass Interest Groups (includes Ethanol & Biodiesel)
- Ethanol production creates jobs in rural areas where employment opportunities are needed.
The carbon dioxide released when ethanol is burned is balanced by the carbon dioxide captured when the crops are grown to make ethanol.
On a life cycle analysis basis; corn-based ethanol production and use reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by up to 52% compared to gasoline production and use. Cellulosic ethanol use could reduce GHGs by as much as 86%.
More than 95% of the gasoline sold in the United States contains low levels of ethanol.
Low-level blends require no special fueling equipment and they can be used in any conventional gasoline vehicle.