Ethanol is an alcohol made from corn, and 10% of it is already added to the gas at the pump. 15% ethanol is also available in many places.

LEIPSICK, Ohio — There may be an alternative to electric cars in the fight against climate change and greenhouse gases.

Ethanol is an alcohol made from corn, and 10% of it is already added to gasoline at the gas station. But 15% ethanol is available in many places and is perfectly fine for any car made after 2001.

That’s about 7 cents cheaper per gallon.

Ohio is one of the nation’s leading corn producers and is the seventh largest supplier of biofuels in the United States. 40% of the more than 580 million bushels produced is supplied by one of the state’s seven ethanol plants.

Demand for corn also kept prices high per bushel.

WTOL 11 took a look behind the curtain at the POET biorefinery in Leipsic, Ohio. The plants are built within 50 miles of most Ohio farms, making it convenient to ship product for processing.

Ken Micelli, the plant’s CEO, said their ethanol goes to the Toledo and Detroit markets.

“Ohio’s plant-based ethanol burns cleaner and reduces greenhouse gas emissions,” Micelli said. – I think this is part of the answer to the country’s decarbonization and sustainable development, and plant-based bioethanol is one way to achieve this, because it is a renewable energy source. fuel”.

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