We Love Ethanol

February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day! No matter how you celebrate the day, if you celebrate at all, we here at the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) are thinking about the top 10 reasons why we love ethanol.


  1. Ethanol reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40-45% compared to conventional gasoline.

  2. 16.1 billion gallons of ethanol was produced in 2018 in the United States, along with 41.3 million metric tons of distillers grains, a value-added animal feed ingredient.

  3. Ethanol is homegrown and displaces roughly 580 million barrels of oil.

  4. Exports of ethanol grew in 2018, with exports increasing 20% to 1.6 billion gallons, a new record.

  5. 5.5 billion bushels of corn is used for ethanol and distiller’s dried grains (DDGS) production.

  6. The ethanol industry contributes $46 billion to the GDP.

  7. Consumers have driven more than 7 billion miles on E15 without a single reported negative impact.

  8. There are 1,700 stations in 30 states offering consumers E15.

  9. EPA has approved E15 for use in all new light duty and medium duty vehicles since 2001. That means 9 out of 10 vehicles on the road today.

  10. And last, but not least, we get to work with great industry partners: American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).