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Ethanol is a renewable fuel made
from various plant materials, which collectively are called "biomass."
Ethanol contains the same alcohol chemical compound found in alcoholic
beverages. Nearly half of U.S. gasoline contains ethanol in a
low-level blend to oxygenate the fuel and reduce air pollution.
Ethanol is also increasingly available in E85, an alternative fuel
that can be used in flexible fuel vehicles. Studies have estimated
that ethanol and other biofuels could replace 30% or more of U.S.
gasoline demand by 2030.
Ethanol use, production and
infrastructure has grown by leaps and bounds in Kentucky over the past
decade, due in part to the dedication of the KCFC and its
Most all of Kentucky's retail
gasoline contains 10% ethanol. Several stations across the
Commonwealth are selling E85. Click on the map below for locations.
Alltech, 500.000 gals a year
Alltech is a global animal health and nutrition company and is expanding its fuel ethanol production with the addition of new processing equipment in Springfield KY.
The facility in Springfield will be able to process spent brewer's yeast from regional breweries into fuel grade ethanol and a dried yeast product. The brewery yeast will contain between 5-9%
alcohol by volume which will be removed and distilled into fuel grade ethanol. The remaining slurry of yeast will then be dried and used as a nutritional supplement in animal feeds. The facility,
has been operational since July 1st, 2012 and is able to produce approximately 500,000 gallons of ethanol a year.
Thornton's installs more
E85 dispensers in Kentucky
Kentucky Corn Growers & Growth Energy make it
With financial assistance from the
Kentucky Corn Growers Association and
Growth Energy, an ethanol support organization,
Thornton's has installed several E85 dispenser sites
in Louisville, Lexington and northern Kentucky, and
another planned for Henderson.
Executive Officer, Matt Thornton, said. “We are very excited
about the expansion of E85 fuel in our stores. We support
the use of ethanol, wherever it is economically available.”
Thornton’s reported that they sell, on
average, between 3,000 and 5,000 gallons of E85 per month at
their dispenser sites, and demand shifts based on
price. When the price spread between E85 and regular
unleaded gasoline is greater, more people will fuel up on
Kentucky Corn Growers Association hopes the increased
opportunity to fuel up with E85 will aid in promoting the
benefits of the clean-burning, domestic fuel.
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