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Farmers Deliver Biofuels

Biofuels produced from soybeans and corn grown on farms across Indiana and processed here in-state are an immediate solution to providing Hoosiers economic relief at the pump and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Each year around 1.4 billion gallons of ethanol and 100 million gallons of biodiesel are produced in the state. These renewable fuels offer major markets for Indiana’s corn and soybean farmers. Both agriculture and the renewable fuels sectors bring benefits to the state.

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Ethanol

Corn-based ethanol is a homegrown, high-octane fuel that is better for the environment, contributing up to a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas. Higher blends of fuel also lowers gas prices. Indiana ranks 6th in the nation in the production of ethanol and produces 7% of the nation’s ethanol.

$3.7 billion of ethanol
and distillers grain is produced each year.

Indiana’s ethanol production supports nearly 41,500 direct
jobs annually.

Ethanol contributes
$3 billion to
household incomes.

Ethanol Resources

Fact Sheet: Value through Renewable Fuels

Download our Fact Sheet to learn more about the value renewable fuels has to offer.

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Renewable Fuels Association
Ethanol Impact in Indiana

Learn about ethanol’s impact in Indiana from the Renewable Fuels Association.

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Biodiesel

Biodiesel is a clean-burning alternative fuel produced from domestic, renewable resources, such as soybeans right here in Indiana. Indiana produces more than 100 million gallons of biodiesel annually, which has positive environmental and economic impacts for our soybean farmers and wider communities. Indiana is tied as the 6th largest biodiesel-producing state and produces 5% of the nation’s biodiesel.

Indiana’s biodiesel production supports
$1.85 billion in
economic activity.

Indiana’s biodiesel production supports 4,500+ full-time jobs.

Biodiesel lowers the
price at the pump by 4%.

Biodiesel Resources

Fact Sheet: Value through Renewable Fuels

Download our Fact Sheet to learn more about the value renewable fuels has to offer.

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Indiana Biodiesel Report

Download our 2020 report showing the economic impact of biodiesel.

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Fact Sheet: Biodiesel Impact on Indiana

Download fact sheet on biodiesel’s impact in Indiana from the Clean Fuels Alliance.

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External Resource

B20 Club of Indiana

Learn more about ISA’s collaboration with American Lung Association.

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Clean Fuels Alliance America

Clean Fuels serves as the industry’s central coordinating entity for technical, environmental and quality assurance programs

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Sustainable Aviation Fuel

What is Sustainable Aviation fuel?

Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is a type of aviation fuel that is produced from renewable and sustainable sources like plants, algae or waste, in contrast to traditional fossil fuels. SAF is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimize the environmental impact of aviation. SAF can be blended with conventional jet fuel and used in existing aircraft engines without requiring any modifications.

Why are airlines interested in Sustainable Aviation Fuel?

Aviation provides a large fuel market that currently has no feasible prospects for electrification. U.S. airlines consumed roughly 16.7 billion gallons of fuel in 2022, and consumption totals for 2023 are projected to be higher (BTS, 2024). Airlines are experiencing pressure to reduce green-house gas emissions. However, there are currently no commercially viable electric airplanes. The energy demands of commercial cargo and passenger jets are simply far too great for contemporary battery technology. As a result, airlines and regulators are pushing for alternative liquid fuels that have lower emissions than petroleum jet fuel. (Illinois FarmDoc Daily)

Why are Sustainable Aviation Fuels important to Indiana corn and soybean farmers? The production of SAF provides a new market opportunity for corn and soybean farmers, allowing farmers to diversify their revenue streams. SAF can be produced from a variety of feedstocks, including oils derived from soybeans and ethanol produced from corn. As the demand for SAF grows, so does the demand for these feedstocks, providing farmers with a stable and potentially lucrative market for their crops.

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