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February 12, 2003

Ethanol Fuel Industry Achieves Record Production in 2002

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) announced in late January that the U.S. ethanol fuel industry set a new production record of 2.13 billion gallons in 2002, up more than 20 percent from the previous year. On February 5th, the RFA added that ethanol fuel use in 2002 avoided the equivalent of roughly 4.3 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions—equal to removing 636,000 cars from the roads. Meanwhile, the industry continues to grow, with a new plant capable of producing 100 million gallons of ethanol per year now under construction in Aurora, South Dakota. VeraSun Energy is building the plant, which will be one of the largest of its kind in the United States.

The ethanol production news will surely be a topic of discussion at this year's National Ethanol Conference, to be held February 17th to 19th in Scottsdale, Arizona. Conference details are available on the RFA Web site.