Here is a piece of good news for ethanol producers. Defying the old notion, a recent study discovered that it takes less energy to produce ethanol than the corn-based fuel saves. There’s a 20 percent net energy gain by using fossil fuels to make ethanol compared to gasoline, according to scientists at the University of California-Berkeley.
Obvious reaction from the ethanol producers, they say the study should be enough to convince skeptics that cleaner-burning ethanol is good for both the environment and the economy. The consumers who were unsure about using ethanol-blended fuels may become new customers, leading to a new and easily increasable producer market. And its time for Iowa to reap major benefits to become one of the nation’s top corn-growing and ethanol-producing states.