Here is a handy Avgas/jetA/Mogas price tool for anywhere in the price reporting world. Avgas in many places in the EU is the equivalent of $14/gallon. We should all fly there because most auto gas is still ethanol free. User fees extra. http://www.you-fly.com/airport/
But we should hurry, I just filled out the required forms so that we coop farm member ethanol producers can now export ethanol to the EU. Saturday I had to certify that none of the corn I produced to be used in that ethanol was grown on land reclaimed from rain forests and no slaves or illegal child labor was used and that I allowed employees free association with others. Seriously, no kidding, I sent the form in yesterday.
The two farmer owned plants which I am part of are located in eastern SD. They exported every gallon they produced in the last year, most going to Brazil. Between three years of lower cane yields and a rising demand for cane sugar to make "real pop", not that imitation corn sugar kind you've seen kicked around in the slick Pepsi ads, both helped create a cane ethanol shortfall in meeting Brazil's 20-25% ethanol blend requirement. The important thing to note here is, its not my fault there was ethanol in the gas last year in the US, it's Marty's.
We shipped ours out of here. None of it cost you a dime in blender credit payments to oil companies either. What a conundrum, we successfully made PC ethanol but still, I don't feel the love.
In other news more to the topic, 50 miles away, a 100 million gallon/year farmer owned ethanol plant just switched from ethanol over to Bio Butanol to produce bio jet fuel. Initially, a more expensive product but if it proves to be workable, costs will come down and more plants will follow. This is not a major change in the plant itself and the fuel is compatible with both petro based pipeline fuels and ethanol. Bio butanol produces a gasoline engine performance that equals or surpasses auto gas despite a lower btu rating. It has to do with a more even and complete combustion property than gasoline. My goal for everyone that doesn't want to pay for the coming 100LL substitutes (that likely will be priced the same as LL) is that they be able to use 10-15% bio butanol spiked auto fuel as a cheaper substitute. No phase separation or corrosion issues and no expected reduction in range. How many would use it? It is another second generation ethanol derivative bio fuel containing no ethanol, like Swift fuel, that is being tested now.
Make some popcorn dear. The show is about to start.