There are a lot of reasons ... Energy independence ...
Domestic jobs ... Lower gas prices ... Cleaner air ... Renewable
Flex Fuel decreases dependency on foreign oil and finite oil
resources. replacing it with renewable-based fuel made in the
USA. Ethanol helps to reduce gas prices, as it is a lower cost
fuel. Environmental benefits are strong - E85 reduces more
carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxides,
and particulate matter emissions when compared to gas.
Flex Fuel is beneficial for your car and your pocketbook.
Using ethanol can increase horsepower and octane, reduce engine
knocking and pinging, help clean your engine by reducing fuel
injection system build up, and prevent gas line freezes in cold
weather. Ethanol-blended fuel lowers gas prices up to $1.09 per
gallon on average and saves the average American household
$1,200 on their gas bill annually.
Ethanol is homegrown and supports rural America, generating a
$500 billion increase to communities’ farm assets around the
country. And an ethanol plant doesn’t just make fuel. When a
bushel of corn travels to the plant to make fuel, it also makes
food and other co-products in the process. Co-products include
livestock feed called distillers grains, corn oil and other
products that add to the food supply. In other words, we’re
making food, feed and fuel. From one bushel of corn comes 2.8
gallons of ethanol in addition to 17 pounds of distillers
grains, a high-protein, nutritious animal feed.
If I use E10 now, will
I be able to use E15?
The EPA has approved E15, a blend of 15% renewable ethanol and 85%
gasoline, as an optional blend for cars and light-duty trucks in model
year 2001 and newer. The Energy Department conducted six million miles of
testing on E15 – the equivalent of 12 round trips to the Moon – and found
no issues. NASCAR race cars have been using it since 2011 with high
marks for power and durability.
A full move to E15 would create a bigger market for
American ethanol that could help create as many as 136,000 new jobs in the
United States and eliminate as much as 8 million metric tons of greenhouse
gas emissions from the air in a year — the equivalent of taking 1.35
million vehicles off the road. Increasing the domestic, renewable fuel
supply would also displace some of the 7 billion gallons of oil that is
imported every day into the United States from countries such as
Venezuela, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria.
Leading the way in 2011, NASCAR launched its long-term biofuels
program to reduce emissions of the fuel used in all its racing series.
NASCAR’s three national touring series began using Sunoco Green E15, a
renewable fuel blended with 15% American-made ethanol from
American-grown corn. Sunoco, the Official Fuel of NASCAR, manufactures
blends and transports this renewable, low-carbon fuel that emits 20%
less greenhouse gas emissions than unleaded gas. After completing more
than six million miles during NASCAR races using Sunoco Green E15, teams
report an increase of up to 10+ horsepower with cleaner engines. These reports validate the
fuel qualities and environmental impact of ethanol as a fuel to the
millions of NASCAR fans as well as the general American public.
Ethanol is made from the starch of a crop, leaving the fat and
protein for a highly nutritious animal feed. Approximately one third of
every bushel of corn processed by an ethanol biorefinery returns to the
livestock feed market in the form of distillers grains or corn gluten.
One bushel of corn equals 2.8 gallons of ethanol and 17-18 pounds of
animal feed, which USDA and university studies have shown carry greater
nutritional value than the traditional feed ingredients they are
replacing in beef, dairy, swine and poultry rations.