Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Big Corn Gets Bigger: America's Ethanol Decade

William Pentland, Contributor
8/22/2011 @ 9:37PM

In 2000, the United States produced 1.6 billion gallons of ethanol. By 2009, U.S. production of ethanol had expanded by a factor of nearly seven to 10.8 billion gallons, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

This 9-billion-gallon increase in corn-based ethanol production resulted from a combination of rising gasoline prices and a suite of Federal bioenergy policies.

In the U.S., corn is the primary feedstock used to produce ethanol.

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