Roll out of Ethanol fueling stations has been limited by industry and consumer concerns about Ethanol as a fuel. Impacts on food supply and prices, potentially worse environmental damage due to clearing of land and use of petroleum based pesticides and fertilizers, and difficulty of converting existing fuel infrastructure to Ethanol have all limited the expansion of Ethanol fuel stations.
For an interactive map of E85 fuel station locations, visit NREL’s TransAtlas map.
New technological advances in cellulose based Ethanol could change this situation. Cellulose is a waste product which wouldn’t require additional land clearing or chemicals to obtain and would eliminate food market concerns around availability and price of food crops. Recently a report suggested that the U.S. would be unable to meet a federal mandate to produce 16 billion gallons of cellulosic Ethanol by 2022 but Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he is confident the U.S. will be able to meet or even exceed that goal.Sponsors: