Over the last three decades, ethanol made from corn has become an important fuel in Wisconsin and across the country. Biofuels like corn-based ethanol directly replace petroleum-based fuels – and they’re renewable. Ethanol is better for the environment, helps keep fuel dollars here at home and it supports rural communities because that’s where most ethanol is produced.
Wisconsin’s nine ethanol plants produce more than 500 million gallons a year – making Wisconsin the ninth-largest ethanol producing state in the country. These plants use more than 180 million bushels of corn each year – about 37 percent of the state’s corn crop. Ethanol production in Wisconsin generates $4.2 billion in economic activity, impacting 19,000 jobs, with $982 million in wages, and generates $306 million in taxes.
Not only is ethanol made from this corn, Ethanol plants produce about 2.8 gallons of ethanol from a 56-pound bushel of corn. From all the corn used to make ethanol in Wisconsin, the ethanol plants also make 1.5 million tons of high protein livestock feed (distillers grain).
Fuel contains harmful aromatics, with 20% to 30% of each gallon of gasoline you put in your car comprised of harmful aromatics. Aromatics like benzen, toluene and xylene are added to increase the octane in fuel. These aromatics are what create invisible, odorless ultrafine particles (UFPs) that have been linked to a number of ailments, from lung cancer to cardiovascular disease, according to the Urban Air Initiative. Learn more by watching this video.
We can minimize the amount produced by our vehicles. One way is to use higher blends of ethanol in our tanks. Testing shows that when the ethanol level in gasoline contains 15% to 30% ethanol, particulate emissions can be significantly reduced.
Ethanol is now found in all ‘regular’ gasoline in Wisconsin because of its clean air benefit. Wisconsin has more than 140 E85 refueling stations for Flex Fuel Vehicle owners to fill up with fuel containing up to 85 percent ethanol. Because of growing consumer demand, some stations are adding blender pumps so drivers can use ethanol-blended fuel with more than 10 percent ethanol.
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