Top 10 Ethanol Facts - Info about Ethanol in Fuel
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Ethanol is a major market for Iowa corn – 47% of Iowa corn goes into ethanol production. Today, over 95% of all fuel sold in the U.S. is blended with 10% ethanol. 

There are more choices for consumers to use more green fuel in their tank. One in ten vehicles sold in Iowa can fill up on E85, or midlevel blends like E30.  The EPA approved E15 (that’s 15% ethanol) for 2001 and newer cars, light-duty trucks, medium-duty passenger vehicles (SUVs), and all flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs) and that’s over 80% of all vehicles on the road today. 

Retailers need to hear from drivers like you that you want to drive with higher blends of a home-grown fuel from E15 to E85. The time is now to fill up with home-grown fuels. Tell your retailer today! Print this card and leave with the manager or attendant at the counter. Do your part to support Iowa! 




1. The 14.3 billion gallons of ethanol produced in 2014, reduced GHG emissions by 39.6 million metric tons-equivalent to removing 8.4 million cars from the road.               Source:  RFA 

2. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1 unit of energy invested in the corn ethanol production process results in the production of 2.3 unites of usable energy in the form of ethanol.

3. Ethanol production requires less water than gasoline; by a 3 to 1 margin.

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4. With 14.3 billion gallons of domestic ethanol production, the U.S required 512 million fewer barrels of imported oil in 2013. Source:  RFA

5. The U.S imports approximately 28% of its petroleum needs today. This number is down significantly since the rise of the ethanol industry. Source:  RFA

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6. Iowa leads the nation in ethanol production, creating nearly 30% of all ethanol.

7. The renewable fuels Industry (includes biodiesel) supports around 47,000 jobs in Iowa and accounts for $5 billion of Iowa’s GDP.  Source: IRFA

To see the jobs in your community that were created because of the ethanol industry, click here.


8. Iowa’s ethanol industry can produce more than 3.9 billion gallons annually, using more than 1.3 billion bushels of corn.

9. A modern dry-mill ethanol refinery produces approximately 2.8 gallons of ethanol and 17.5 pounds of highly valuable feed co-products (distillers dried grains) from one bushel of corn.

10. The U.S Environmental Protection Agency has approved E15 for 2001 and newer cars and trucks.  E15 is one of the most tested fuel blends in history. 



 Click Here to print off ethanol talking points.


A new study by Informa Economics entitled “Analysis of the Potential Use of Biofuels toward the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2014” shows the originally intended Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) 2014 blending requirements can be reached through expanded consumption of E85 and E15, as well as judicious use of carryover RIN credits. Click here to learn more about the study. 
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