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Published July 08, 2010, 01:50 PM

New energy economics: Will farmers' actions continue to improve the ethanol energy balance?

Several years ago, there was substantial debate on whether corn ethanol produced more net energy relative to the amount of fossil energy required to manufacture it. This ratio, the amount of energy produced divided by fossil energy input needed, often is referred to as ethanol's energy balance. For years, scientists argued whether the ratio exceeded 1-to-1.

By: Cole Gustafson, NDSU Extension Service, INFORUM

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