Bioenergy

Four Ethanol Plants Move Forward

In Wyoming, The Torrington Telegraph writes that a $14 million expansion at the Wyoming Ethanol facility will impact the Rocky Mountain region and beyond.

The facility will produce a target 12 million gallons of ethanol per year from approximately 4 million bushels of corn. … By the end of August production should be at 10-12 million gallons per year. Corn storage will increase to 1 million bushels at a time. Corn grinding capacity will increase to over 10,000 bushels per day. A Morning Sun staff writer reports Liberty Renewable Fuels, LLC, a Michigan-based farm group plans to begin building corn ethanol and biodiesel plants in Gratiot County this fall. A final site will be selected in June from locations around mid-Michigan. Three sites in Gratiot County stand out: a proposed energy research park in the Alma area and land parcels in Ashley and Ithaca/North Star Township. … The site and plant layout will be designed for an annual production potential of up to 100 million gallons of ethanol. The Ethanol Producer informs that Advanced BioEnergy LLC acquired Indiana Renewable Fuels of Rochester, Indiana. IRF plans to build a 100 MMgy ethanol plant in Rochester. Advanced BioEnergy has already started construction on a 100 MMgy ethanol plant near Fairmont, Nebraska (slated to come online in 2007). Fagen Inc. will build both corn-fed plants using ICM Inc. process technology. The site for the proposed Rochester facility — to be built by IRF — is near a large landfill operated by Allied Waste Industries, which IRF believes will provide methane gas to power the plant. Peoria, Illinois’ Journal Star stated that plans to build a 200-million gallon dry-milling plant in two phases on land near a barge terminal along the Illinois River may create about 70 new jobs and greatly multiply the overall economic value generated by the approximately 250 million bushels of corn produced in that eight-county area. … The plant will purchase about 36 million bushels of corn in its first phase of operation, and that will double to 72 million after the second phase is completed.