The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released a new video entitled “40 Facts About Ethanol.”  It is a fast-paced, up-tempo, animated data-based review of ethanol past, present and future. A source list for the facts used is also available at

“This video proves once and for all that today’s ethanol is not your father’s ethanol. The ethanol industry has made impressive strides in the last 30 years in production volumes, foreign oil displacement, production efficiencies, co-products, job creation, and cellulose and advanced ethanol market entry. The ethanol industry has a great story to tell and this video helps us tell it with data, color and occasionally humor. Whether you think you know all there is about ethanol or you are new to the topic, this video is a must-see! It is a great primer,” said Bob Dinneen, RFA’s president and CEO.



1. 1982: A handful of small ethanol plants produced 350 million gallons of ethanol.

2. 1992: 39 ethanol plants produced 985 million gallons of ethanol.

3. 2002: 66 ethanol plants were in operation, producing 2.14 billion gallons.

4. 2012: 211 ethanol plants produced 13.3 billion gallons.

5. That’s 3700% growth in 30 years.

6. Today, ethanol makes up 10% of the U.S. gasoline supply. That’s up from less than 1% just 20 years ago.

7. Ethanol is blended in more than 97% of U.S. gasoline today, from coast to coast and border to border. That compares to just 15% in 2002.

8. Last year, ethanol displaced an amount of gasoline refined from 462 million barrels of imported crude oil. That’s more oil than we imported from Saudi Arabia.

9. And it means the U.S. reduced expenditures on imported oil by $44 billion last year.

10. Oil imports from OPEC are down 22% since the Renewable Fuel Standard was expanded in 2007.

11. And oil imports from the Persian Gulf are down 30% over the past decade.

12. Oil import dependence dropped to 41% in 2012 — the lowest since 1995. Without ethanol, oil import dependence would have been 48%.

13. Today’s producers get more ethanol out of every bushel—and use less energy and water to do it. That’s the definition of sustainability.

14. Since 2001: Natural gas energy required to produce a gallon of ethanol has fallen 28%.

15. Electricity use is down 32%. The amount of ethanol produced per bushel of corn has increased to 2.8 gallons, up more than 5%.

16. Water use has fallen to 2.7 gallons per gallon of ethanol, down 40% over the last decade and comparable to water use for gasoline production.

17. Producing 20 barrels of ethanol requires just 1 barrel of crude oil.

18. Ethanol’s energy balance is continually improving: 1 unit of energy invested in making ethanol yields up to 2.3 units of energy available for the consumer.

19. Ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 40-50% when compared directly to gasoline.

20. Emissions of particulate matter, carbon monoxide, air toxics and volatile organic compounds are also reduced when ethanol is blended with gasoline.