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Monday, July 18, 2005

Energy Audit Update: Corn

A reader takes exception to my energy audit post, thinks I have not been following the issue, and he is right it has been a while since I read any indepth reports. The writer sent a link to the following USDA Report. I will have to catch up to the issue and read the report. In the mean time, for your review.

The Energy Balance of Corn Ethanol: An Update
Ethanol production in the United States grew from just a few million gallons in the mid-1970s to over 1.7 billion gallons in 2001, spurred by national energy security concerns, new Federal gasoline standards, and government incentives. Production of corn-ethanol is energy efficient, in that it yields 34 percent more energy than it takes to produce it, including growing the corn, harvesting it, transporting it, and distilling it into ethanol.
A quick summary of various determinations of the net energy balance in recent research can be found (here.)

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