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Ethanol Fuels the Future
Kansas ethanol plants have provided not only an important market for Kansas corn, but also offered investment and community development opportunities in towns across the state.
The Kansas Corn Commission: Promoting Ethanol
The Kansas Corn Commission funds projects to build markets and promote ethanol fuel. The most visible is the commission’s multi-year investment as a partner with Growth Energy and the National Corn Growers Association in the American Ethanol partnership with NASCAR racing. All NASCAR racing vehicles operate on 15 percent ethanol fuel. NASCAR has continually tested fuel’s performance over three years, and has proven that ethanol is great high performance fuel that works well on the race track and on the highway. One of the world’s largest marketing companies, NASCAR reaches millions of people each year with a pro-ethanol message. American Ethanol spokesman Austin Dillon won the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series™ championship thanks to his consistent performance throughout the season. Dillon drives for the Richard Childress Racing Team and plans to move to the Sprint Cup Series next year.
Dillon is the grandson of racing legend Childress, who is also a strong ethanol supporter. “The best part about the American Ethanol initiative isn’t the extra horsepower, performance and durability (although we certainly do love it) – it’s that we, as a sport, can give back and improve our country on so many critical issues,” Childress said.
The Kansas Corn Commission also works with the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, the American Coalition for Ethanol and Fuels America to educate consumers about ethanol and to build infrastructure for sales of E15 fuel for vehicles 2001 and newer, as well as higher blends of ethanol fuel for use in Flex Fuel vehicles.
The Kansas Corn Growers Association: Defending Ethanol
KCGA provides legislative and regulatory services for its members, and defending ethanol is a top priority for the association. The ethanol industry continues to weather challenges from the oil industry and others. The Renewable Fuels Standard, which helps to ensure market access, is key to the continued success of ethanol. KCGA and the National Corn Growers Association and our members continue to push back on efforts at the EPA to lower the level of ethanol in the RFS, and we remain vigilant against any efforts in Congress to repeal the RFS.
Kansas Ethanol Production
12 dry mill ethanol plants are currently in operation in Kansas producing about 550 million gallons per year. Current Kansas production creates a market for about 183 million bushels of sorghum and corn. The two grains are interchangeable in the ethanol-making process. One-third of the grain used for ethanol returns to the food stream as wet or dry distillers grains (DDGS), a valued, high-nutrient livestock feed. Kansas’ ethanol plants bring millions of dollars of revenue and economic development to Kansas and the rural communities where they are located.
Kansas Ethanol Plants:
|Plant Location||Capacity||Bushels of grain used|
|Kansas Ethanol LLC | Lyons, KS||60 MGY||20 million|
|NESIKA Energy LLC | Scandia, KS||21 MGY||7 million|
|Arkalon Energy (Conestoga) | Hayne, KS||110 MGY||39 million|
|Bonanza Bioenergy (Conestoga) | Garden City, KS||73 MGY||24 million|
|White Energy-Russell | Russell, KS||55 MGY||18 million|
|Prairie Horizon Agri Energy | Phillipsburg, KS||40 MGY||14.3 million|
|Western Plains Energy | Campus, KS||45 MGY||16.1 million|
|East Kansas Agri Energy | Garnett, KS||50 MGY||13.3 million|
|MGP Ingredients | Atchison, KS||25 MGY||8.3 million|
|Reeve Agri-Energy | Garden City, KS||15 MGY||5.4 million|
|ESE Alcohol | Leoti, KS||1.5 MGY||.5 million|
|Pratt Ethanol | Pratt, KS||55 MGY||18 million|