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United States Envirofuels, LLC is in the business of developing Advanced Biofuel ethanol production facilities. Advanced Biofuels are renewable fuels such as ethanol, biodiesel, and butanol, manufactured from non-corn feedstocks, which result in a 50% or greater reduction in greenhouse gas emissions when compared to the manufacturing of gasoline from oil. United States Envirofuels, LLC is currently developing Highlands EnviroFuels, LLC, which a 30 mmgy Advanced Biofuel facility in Highlands County, Florida.
Ethanol and Advanced Biofuels also have benefits over petroleum fuels. We refer to those benefits as the 3E's (Economic, Energy Security, and Environmental).
Advanced Biofuels

Economic Advantages

Local Economic Impact: Creating Advanced Biofuel and ethanol production plants provides a boost to the local economy. The construction of ethanol and Advanced Biofuel facilities sparks capital investment and economic development, and provides benefits such as new jobs, additional income, tax revenue, and expansion of the base of the local economy. Moreover, every production plant developed and built in Florida by U.S. EnviroFuels, LLC, will provide approximately a one-time construction impact of 1,300 new jobs and $39MM in new household income, and sustained annual impacts of 60 - 65 new direct jobs, roughly 700 indirect and induced new jobs, $51 million in GDP, and $44 million in new household income to the local community. The economic impact from the new revenue source to the local farming community will be significant. Roughly 30,000 acres of farmland per each biofuel project will be put into production for Biofuel Cane and sweet sorghum.

Furthermore, the use of ethanol lowers the cost of gasoline to consumers, and helps to reduce our foreign trade deficit by displacing imported oil. We are all very aware of the rising costs of oil. By blending ethanol with our gasoline, we are fighting those economic influences directly, keeping our fuel dollars at home where they belong, and paying the American farmer for el feedstock production.

Some Facts:
  • In 2010, the U.S. ethanol industry helped employ 400,670 jobs in all sectors of the economy.
  • In 2010, ethanol contributed $53.6 billion to GDP, added $36 billion to household income, and displaced the need for 445 million barrels of oil.
  • Biofuels reduces the consumer cost of gasoline by extending fuel supplies, and providing a cost-effective way for gasoline marketers to meet octane requirements.
  • Biofuels use reduces the U.S. trade deficit by $5.5 billion annually.
Energy Security

Ethanol and Advanced Biofuels are home-grown American, renewable fuels. That means we can grow more raw materials each year to make it here at home! Ethanol is a domestic, made in America, renewable premium liquid fuel, which can immediately and effectively reduce our dependence on imported foreign oil, and increase the United States' ability to control its own security and economic future. It is not an overstatement to say that using ethanol is a matter of national energy security. The use of ethanol directly displaces imports of foreign oil and toxic gasoline additives. In fact, U.S. produced ethanol reduces the need to import 160,000 barrels a day of oil. For every 23.8 gallons of ethanol blended with gasoline, Americans displace one barrel of imported oil. Increasing the use of domestic ethanol will make America less dependent on foreign oil, and less likely for the U.S. to be held hostage to the whims of OPEC and to very unstable regions of the world that are hostile to the U.S.

Brazil is an excellent case study where all gasoline in Brazil contains 20% - 25% ethanol, and every retail station also sells 100% hydrous ethanol. As a result, approximately 50% of Brazil’s motor fuel supply consists of ethanol made from sugar cane. Consequently, Brazil no longer requires importation of foreign oil, and because of its domestic ethanol production, Brazil has become 100% energy independent.

Some Facts:
  • The U.S. imports 62% of its petroleum needs today. By 2025, the Energy Information Administration projects the U.S. will import 77% of its petroleum.
  • Two-thirds of the world's known oil reserves are located in the volatile Middle East. The U.S. spends roughly $50 billion each year for military protection of Middle East oil supplies - money that can be better put-to-use here at home in America.
Environmental Benefits

Advanced Biofuel ethanol is one of the best tools we have to fight air pollution from automobiles. Why? Because Advanced Biofuel ethanol contains 35 percent oxygen. Adding oxygen to gasoline results in more complete fuel combustion, thereby reducing harmful tailpipe emissions.

The addition of oxygen to gasoline by blending with ethanol improves internal engine fuel combustion, and reduces tailpipe pollutants such as carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, and particulate matter. When ethanol is mixed at the 10% level with gasoline (E10) the total fuel mix is more efficient, has better combustibility and translates into cleaner automotive tailpipe emissions, reduced smog formation, and improvement in the quality of the ambient air shed. Furthermore, ethanol is miscible with water (water soluble), non-toxic, clean burning, contains no sulphur, nitrogen or heavy metals, and completely biodegradable. So if you accidentally spill some, there is no need to worry about poisoning the ground or water.

An extensive life cycle analysis of the Highlands EnviroFuels project revealed that the facility will produce Advanced Biofuel resulting in an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions versus the manufacturing of gasoline from oil.

Some Facts:
  • Using ethanol in place of gasoline helps to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 29% given today's technology.
  • In 2010, the production and use of 13 billion gallons of ethanol in the U.S. reduced CO2-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions by 21.9 million tons, the equivalent to removing 3.5 million cars and pickups from America's roadways. (Source: Argonne National Laboratory's GREET Model).
  • Ethanol reduces tailpipe carbon monoxide emissions by as much as 30%, toxics content by 13% (mass) and 21% (potency), and tailpipe fine particulate matter (PM) emissions by 50.
  • Ethanol is rapidly biodegraded in surface water, groundwater and soil, and is the safest component in gasoline today. Ethanol is rapidly biodegraded in surface water, groundwater and soil, and is the safest component in gasoline today.

    Researched gather from the Renewable Fuels Association web site: http://www.ethanolrfa.org/

Ethanol-blended fuel keeps your fuel system clean for optimal performance because it does not leave gummy deposits. In fact, all major automobile manufactures warranty their vehicles to run on gasoline that contains 10% ethanol.


Clean Air for Florida and its Residents

Blending Advanced Biofuel with gasoline can play an important role in reducing pollutants in Florida. Ethanol contains oxygen which helps to improve internal engine fuel combustion. It also helps to reduce tailpipe pollutants such as carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, and particulate matter.
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Cleaner Air for Florida

The Florida transportation sector is by far the largest consumer of refined petroleum fuels in Florida, and accounts for about 33% of carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions, 77% of carbon monoxide emissions, and more than 33% of volatile organic compound emissions. (Source: "Fueling Florida's Future - Strategic Fit of Alternative Fuels in Florida" by the Clean Fuel Florida Advisory Board.) Blending ethanol and Advanced Biofuel with gasoline can play an important role in reducing these tailpipe pollutants in Florida.

As of January 1, 2011, the State of Florida has mandated that all gasoline in the state be blended with ethanol at the 10% level. This has created a nearly 1 billion gallon per year market for ethanol in Florida. Advanced Biofuel ethanol would have significant pollution mitigation benefits to the citizens of all of the metropolitan regions of Florida.

Fuel Supplies

Because Florida imports 100% of its gasoline via ocean vessels, the state of Florida is highly susceptible to any world disruption in the flow of petroleum. When blended with gasoline at Florida seaport petroleum storage terminals, ethanol extends Florida's fuel supply by adding volume to the existing inventory. The production of Advanced Biofuel ethanol within the state will help Floridians to diversify their state's energy infrastructure. This is particularly important during times of emergency, such as hurricanes - when severe fuel supply shortages often occur throughout Florida due to seaport shut-downs.

As production and usage of Advanced Biofuel within Florida increases, the state’s dependency on imported oil and imported corn – based ethanol from the Mid-West is reduced. Local production of Advanced Biofuel will increase Florida's energy security. Every time OPEC decides to cut supplies of petroleum, it has a devastating impact on the economy of Florida. Advanced Biofuel is one of the best solutions to mitigate these adverse economic effects.

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