There are currently 24 ethanol production plants in Nebraska, with a combined production capacity of nearly 2.2 billion gallons of ethanol each year—and requiring nearly 500 million bushels of grain in the process. These ethanol plants represent more than $1.4 billion in capital investment in the state and provide direct employment for some 1000 Nebraskans.


Nebraska ranks second nationally in ethanol production—and is the largest ethanol producer west of the Missouri River. Geographic position, abundant ethanol supply and reliable competitive rail transportation give Nebraska a 

strategic advantage in serving ethanol markets in the western U.S.


  • Ethanol reduces greenhouse gases by 39% (USDA)

  • Ethanol is a renewable energy source

  • Ethanol's energy balance ratio is 2.3 to one, meaning that 2.3 units of energy are created for every one unit of energy required in additional inputs (USDA)

  • Ethanol reduces CO2 by 35%, particulate matter by 41%, and ozone by 22%

  • Ethanol lowers carbon emissions now

  • Corn oil derived from ethanol production is used to make biodiesel

  • Ethanol adds octane and replaces cancer causing aromatics such as benzene, toulene, and xylene

  • Ethanol costs less - every percentage increase in an ethanol blend at the pump results in a lower-priced product for Nebraska consumers

  • Ethanol means cleaner air for Nebraskans to breathe

  • Ethanol enhances engine performance

  • Nebraska is the number two ethanol producing state in the nation, outputting 2.5 gallons of ethanol each year

  • Our ethanol industry represents a $5 billion impact on Nebraska's economy

  • 40% of Nebraska's corn crop begins its value-added journey at a Nebraska ethanol plant

  • The protein value of corn is preserved and used by the animal feeding industry

  • Nebraska's 25 plants directly employ over 1,300 people and provide an economic boost to rural areas