Location for First Cellulose Plant Sought

Washington, DC [United Press International] After months of researching the feasibility of the first full-scale commercial cellulosic ethanol plant, Duane Grant, a farmer from Idaho, is in Canada trying to sell his state to Iogen Corp. in Ottawa, the world leader in cellulosic ethanol production. “There will only be one first plant,” Grant said. “And we want that in Idaho.” … Grant said the cellulosic feedstock market will bring $30 million to $40 million of new income to agricultural business within a 10-mile radius of the plant, roughly translating to $50 more per acre for every farmer contributing to the plant. … Sen. Dick Lugar, R- Ind., spoke out for action on the loan guarantees in a speech about energy security at the Washington-based Brookings Institution last Monday. He called on Bush to make good his State of the Union pledge to make cellulosic ethanol practical and competitive within six years.
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