Juno Beach, Florida [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] FPL Energy, LLC signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Citrus Energy, LLC, of Boca Raton, FL, to develop a commercial-scale citrus peel to ethanol plant.
The cellulosic ethanol plant will be owned and operated by FPL Energy and is expected to produce four million gallons of ethanol per year. It will be located on the grounds of a local Florida citrus processor.
“Citrus Energy’s mission is to develop fuel ethanol that minimizes environmental impact and cost by using citrus waste and other biomass,” said David Stewart, president of Citrus Energy.
FPL Energy said that ethanol from citrus peel could result in a new Florida industry producing over 60 million gallons of fuel per year, which could replace about one percent of Florida’s annual gasoline consumption.
“FPL Energy is delighted to be working with Citrus Energy on this exciting new project to produce a clean, affordable, and domestically produced biofuel utilizing Florida’s existing citrus industry infrastructure and bringing new jobs to rural communities,” said Mike O’Sullivan, senior vice president of development for FPL Energy.