High prices for gasoline prices at the pump usually mean an increased demand and resulting lower prices for alternatives such as grain-based ethanol. But an ethanol industry lobbyist says Missouri ethanol prices continue to run several cents a gallon more than the cheapest unleaded regular grade of gasoline. Phil Lampert with the Jefferson City-based National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition says neighboring states have lower prices for ethanol-blended gasoline. But, Lampert says Missouri ethanol producers have been able to get ethanol at only 10 to 20 percent of gas pumps, much less than our neighbors to the north, and that has meant a higher price Missouri ethanol consumers have to pay at the pump as opposed to other states. He believes if the state had more ethanol production, it would be easier to integrate into the fuel system. However, the prospects of opening more ethanol plants might be dimmed by the fact there’s already a nationwide glut of the product.
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