Ethanol could be part of the answer to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Agri-Ethanol Products of Raleigh anticipates breaking ground in Aurora in Beaufort County within the next two months for the first ethanol plant on the East Coast of the United States. The plan is to produce 108,000,000 gallons of the grain based fuel a year at the plant. Ethanol is more environmentally friendly than gas. The price can vary depending on the price of corn. The downside, ethanol gets less mileage than gas.