Watch Live :

Atlanta Press Club Debates - Starting @5PM
Tue., September 8, 2009 12:13pm (EDT)

Ga.'s Ethanol Use Stays Low
By Noel Brown
Updated: 5 years ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.  —  
Ethanol is a biofuel made from corn. Several facillities producing the Ethanol blend E85 have gone under despite government assistance. (photo by Markus Schoepke)
Ethanol is a biofuel made from corn. Several facillities producing the Ethanol blend E85 have gone under despite government assistance. (photo by Markus Schoepke)
In 2007 the General Assembly passed a law that provided tax breaks to companies manufacturing the ethanol blend E85. Since then, even with the tax breaks, several of those companies have failed.

Another law passed in 2007 provided government money for installing specialized pumps to dispense E85 at filling stations. But, according to officials with the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority, that money has resulted in only 23 ethanol pumps being installed across the state.

Officials say another reason ethanol hasn’t taken off in Georgia is that the state doesn’t use cars that can run on the fuel. A spokesperson for the Department of Administrative Services said, for the state, using ethanol is not cost effective.