Ethanol liquidating assets, including St. Paul plant
December 15, 2004
think everyone went in with the best intentions,"
said Diane Gerth, president of the West 7th/Fort Road Federation
neighborhood group. "But the optimism kind
of blinded some people to what would happen." (To
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Ethanol is a highly
efficient fuel. A study by the Institute of Local Self-Reliance in the
US found that using the best farming and production methods, "the
amount of energy contained in a gallon of ethanol is more than twice
the energy used to grow the corn and convert it to ethanol".
The US Department of Agriculture says each BTU (British Thermal Unit,
an energy measure) used to produce a BTU of gasoline could be used to
produce 8 BTUs of ethanol.
The non-profit American Coalition for Ethanol says ethanol production
is "extremely energy efficient", with a positive energy balance of
125%, compared to 85% for gasoline, making ethanol production "by far
the most efficient method of producing liquid transportation fuels".