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What are the Advantages of Producing and Using Ethanol In Montana?
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Ethanol Production:
With the phase out of MTBE (a gasoline additive) in California and Washington, there is an expanding market for ethanol fuels in the West that Montana, with its proximity, can take advantage 'of. Montana fuel ethanol markets may also expand in federal fleets and in the Clean City areas of Yellowstone, Teton, and Glacier. Ethanol production provides an additional market for Montana grain growers and biomass producers. Successful ethanol production provides wheat cattle feed and other additional products. Ethanol production can also assist in the disposal of paper mill waste sludge.

The EQC Energy Policy Subcommittee heard testimony from the Nebraska Ethanol Board regarding the state and local benefits of ethanol productions. Those benefits include:
1. Stimulation of local grain and prices and reduces grain transportation costs.
2. Increased economic value for the cattle and dairy industry because of production of cattle feed.
3. Creation of quality jobs and retention of skilled workers.
4. Ethanol production plants are well suited for rural areas that need economic development.
5. Ethanol production increases the local and state tax base.
6. Ethanol production is a value added industry and promotes export of finished products.
7. Attracts capitol to the state which results in related economic activity.
8. Stimulates allied industries and enhances infrastructure.
9. Use of ethanol produced in state reduces outflow of energy dollars.

Ethanol Use:
The environmental benefits of ethanol use include:
1. Ethanol blends of gasoline do not have the water quality problems associated with BTEX-MTBE blends of gasoline.
2. Ethanol blends quickly disperses in water and evaporates.
3. For every million gallons of 10% ethanol blend burned in the Yellowstone Region, the potential emissions of carbon monoxide is reduced by 61 tons.
4. Ethanol is a cleaner burning fuel than gasoline for all of the major air pollutants.
Ethanol displaces gasoline for other uses. From an energy security standpoint, ethanol decreases our dependence on fossil fuels.
What are the Advantages of Producing and Using Ethanol In Montana?
 

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