· Valero operates 11 state-of-the-art ethanol plants, and was the first traditional refiner to enter production of ethanol, under subsidiary Valero Renewable Fuels Company LLC, or Valero Renewables for short.
· Ethanol is an environmentally friendly source of high-octane renewable fuel produced by fermenting converted corn starch with yeast. It is used as a blending agent for gasoline.
· The co-product left after the ethanol is removed from fermented corn mash, called distillers grains, is sold as high-protein livestock feed.
· The entire kernel of corn is converted to ethanol or distillers grains.