Higher compression in your engine(Motor) will give much better power that’s a law of thermodynamics, but any fuel will start to Pink (ping) as soon as the pre-ignition potential is passed. Whatever energy density the fuel has got will translate to how much power the engines got. Although ethanol has low energy density, it has very high resistance to pre-ignition(octane) and as compression times energy density equals power. That means in an engine of high enough compression it will make good power too Being more thermodynamically efficient isn’t what going to make a dedicated ethanol engine cheaper to run than a Petrol/Gasoline engine it all will depend on the cost of the fuel, but ethanol is cheap to make.
Most Governments who listen to their scientific advisers realize we’re in the throws of climate change, there’s no doubt about that. Whether it’s our fault people argue, but doesn’t matter, we’ll be the ones experiencing the effects. Responsible Government's will need to show they have been doing something not just pandering to the needs of big business. Internal combustion engines are more thermodynamically efficient the higher the compression that engine is. Not only is ethanol carbon negative it is much higher octane than pump Petrol/Gasoline and will if used in a high compression engine be more powerful, more economical and more thermodynamically efficient. So it can be a better motor fuel. If you’re green you can feel good about saving the world, if you’re not you can have the personal satisfaction of buying a better cheaper motor fuel.
All modern S.I. engines start with settings remembered in the ECU, settings to start the engine using it’s fuel easily. Immediately it fires it continues running with feedback from the sensors. ECU's do accommodate for wear in the moving parts, but they're actually programmed to keep the engine in the most economical and powerful state of tune within the mandated exhaust perimeters.
The U.K. Government knows that burning fossil fuel is a major cause of climate change and they've all got a duty of care, that's why all the petrol for sale in the U.K has some ethanol in it, that's also why Briton has finally put some bio-fuel duty rebates in place. Essentially anyone in the UK can get a duty rebate it just has to be a 100% bio-fuel it CAN BE ETHANOL (used in spark ignition engines) or BIO-DIESEL (used in pressure ignition engines) and you must have been charged some road duty for it. The problem is buying 100% bio-fuel is difficult, the oil companies have no reason them sell them, none of the price would actually be for them. The government isn't advertising it (why would they, it would cost them revenue). The 25,000L/year allowance is designed to be just what a private individual would use for personal use.