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Other crops as a source of energy

Other crops, such as corn and sugar cane, can be used to produce ethanol.

Ethanol is a colorless liquid that is distilled from agricultural crops - usually corn. It is a renewable alcohol based fuel that can be mixed with gasoline.

A blend of 10 percent ethanol with gasoline is considered an oxygenated fuel. Using ethanol in gasoline means we don't burn quite as much fossil fuel in our cars. It is cleaner than traditional gasoline and, since we grow our own corn, it reduces our dependence on fuels from other countries. DEP has several fleet vehicles that are designed to run on 85% ethanol, 15% gasoline to further reduce our dependence on oil.