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How Much Energy Does It Take To Make A Gallon Of Ethanol?

| Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Aug 12, 1995 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/how-much-energy-does-it-take-make-gallon-ethanol/
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One of the most controversial issues relating to ethanol is the question of what environmentalists call the “net energy” of ethanol production. Simply put, is more energy used to grow and process the raw material into ethanol than is contained in the ethanol itself? In 1992, ILSR addressed this question. Our report, based on actual energy consumption data from farmers and ethanol plant operators, was widely disseminated and its methodology has been imitated by a number of other researchers. This paper updates the data in that original report and addresses some of the concerns that some reviewers of the original report expressed.

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David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and directs its initiative on The Public Good. He is the author of New City States and four other non-fiction books. His essays on public policy are regularly published by On the Commons, Alternet, Common Dreams and the Huffington Post. More

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