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Ethanol Benefits

For Your Engines

  • Every major automobile manufacturer in the world approves and warranties the use of E-10.
  • E-85 is safe to use in a variety of automobiles. Please consult your owner's manual to determine if you are driving a flexible fuel vehicle.
  • E-10 is compatible with any engine manufactured since the 1970s.
  • Ethanol adds two to three points of octane to ordinary unleaded gasoline, so it boosts the performance of your engine.
  • Because of its high oxygen content, ethanol burns more completely than ordinary unleaded gasoline and reduces harmful tailpipe emissions.
  • Ethanol prevents gas line freeze-up. It suspends moisture in your fuel system, so you don't need to add expensive anti-freeze in cold weather.
  • Ethanol burns cooler than gasoline, so it prevents engine valve burnout.
  • Ethanol keeps fuel injectors clean, which improves the efficiency of your fuel system and reduces deposits that can seriously interfere with engine performance.

Small Engines

  • Ethanol is compatible with all fuel system components that have been manufactured in the past 15 years.
  • Ethanol is even more water-tolerant than ordinary gasoline. It does not affect the mixture of gasoline and two-stroke engine oil unless there is over 0.5 percent water in the fuel, compared to ordinary gasoline which can only hold 0.02 percent water.
  • Ethanol is approved for use by major motorcycle manufacturers including Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha.
  • Off-road vehicles such as ATVs and snowmobiles do not have pollution control devices as do passenger cars and trucks. Ethanol-blended gasoline helps reduce exhaust pollution from these types of vehicles.

For North Dakota


For Our Farmers

  • Ethanol is a North Dakota product, made from corn grown right here by farmers who support our schools and communities.
  • Each year, ethanol plants in North Dakota use approximately 13 million bushels of corn grown by our farmers to produce 35 million gallons of ethanol.
  • According to the North Dakota Corn Growers Association, ethanol production typically raises the market price for corn by 5-10 cents per bushel in the surrounding area.
  • Ethanol production provides the 3rd largest in-state market for corn.

For Our Economy

  • Keeping an acre of North Dakota-grown corn in the state and processing it in ethanol plants here triples its economic return.
  • Ethanol creates employment for North Dakotans.
  • According to a recent study, one new 30 million gallon ethanol plant in North Dakota would add 415 new jobs, $14 million in personal income and $44.5 million in gross business volume.

For America

  • According to a May 2003 study, increasing the amount of ethanol to our gasoline pool could reduce the cost of fuel to consumers by as much as 6.6 cents per gallon.
  • Ethanol reduces our reliance on foreign oil. If everyone in America used E-10, it would reduce our dependence on foreign oil by more than 300 million barrels each year. This is oil that costs us over $5 billion.
  • According to a 1997 study by the Kellogg School of Management, ethanol production improved the U.S. trade balance by approximately $2 billion that year alone.
  • Domestic ethanol production was expected to reach 3 billion gallons by the end of 2003. If we increased that to 5 billion gallons by 2012, we would displace more than 1.6 billion barrels of imported oil, or 5 percent of our imports, during that period.
  • Ethanol production is the third largest market for corn grown in the United States.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ethanol production adds 30 cents to the value of a bushel of corn.
  • According to the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production adds $4.5 billion to U.S. farm income annually.
  • Demand for grain from ethanol production increases net farm income more than $1.2 billion a year. The resulting boost in the agricultural economy cuts farm program costs and taxpayer outlays.
  • Ethanol production has been responsible for more than 40,000 jobs in the United States, or more than $1.3 billion in household income.
  • Ethanol production directly and indirectly adds more than $6 billion to the American economy each year by boosting surrounding economies.
  • Ethanol co-products - distillers dried grains (DDGs), corn bran, corn gluten feed, corn gluten meal, corn germ meal and condensed fermented corn extractives - can be sold as livestock and poultry feed. Corn-derived feed ingredients are one of our leading agricultural exports. The United States exports more than $600 million of corn gluten feed and corn gluten meal each year, strengthening our balance of trade.
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