[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Panhandle Energies of Dumas, LP is broke ground on their new facility, the first-ever fuel ethanol plant in Texas, just north of Dumas, South Dakota. Panhandle Energies will produce 30 million gallons of ethanol annually and employ 36 people. The Dumas Co-op will provide about 1 million bushels of local Texas corn per month for the facility. This year, the U.S. will produce nearly 3.5 billion gallons of ethanol at 80 ethanol plants. More than a dozen ethanol plants are under construction. In 2003, the nation’s plants produced a record 2.81 billion gallons of the fuel, up from 2.12 billion gallons the previous year.