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Caro plant touts ethanol as fuel option

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The price at the pump is always painful but what if there was another option? There is. It's ethanol fuel and it's becoming more popular.

It's clean, it's green and it's renewable.

Dave Gloer is the manager of Poet Bio Refining in Caro. He helps make ethanol at the plant. State Sen. Mike Green visited the facility Friday to learn about the future of the clean, green fuel.

Poet is the first ethanol plant in Michigan and part of the largest ethanol bio refinery company in America. They buy 20 million bushels of corn a year to make ethanol fuel and animal feed.

However, ethanol is facing some rivalry in the marketplace. One of the biggest challenges for ethanol is the gasoline industry itself. The market is just not equal.

For ethanol producers like Poet, the dream is to have more ethanol choices at the pump and for more flex fuel vehicles to be made.

"In my own opinion, when we get to 30 percent of the market, we're going to expand very rapidly. And the oil industry wants to kill us now while we're small as opposed to letting us get big. I think they're starting to realize we're beginning to be big competition," says Gloer.

But even with those challenges, the future for ethanol, according to Poet, is promising. Poet uses corn from growers locally in the Thumb-region.

The fuel and feed they ship out stays in the United States.

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