FUEL to Open Georgia's First Corn Ethanol Plant in October


photo: FUEL

Given that there are much better feedstocks for biofuels than corn, it never ceases to amaze me when I hear about another corn ethanol biorefinery opening. Oh wait, I forgot, the United States is addicted to corn and corn subsidies and then dumping it in foreign markets or producing a biofuel from that very nearly requires more energy to make it than it provides...forgive me, that’s another post entirely. This one’s just about telling you about a new corn ethanol plant opening.

100 Million Gallons of Corn Ethanol Produced Annually
In a bit over two-months’ time the state of Georgia will have its first corn-based ethanol plant, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. October 9 will mark the day that First United Ethanol LLC (FUEL, get it...clever) will open its 100-million gallon per year, 268-acre facility near Albany, Georgia.
FUEL touts their facility

This will be a destination plant, which strategically creates value by being close to the customers and markets it serves. The facility will introduce a local source of distiller grains, which will redefine the region's poultry, cattle, and dairy feed industries. In addition, the facility will provide a new source of carbon dioxide to the southeast region which provides further manufacturing opportunities to the region. In addition to the economic impact to the region, the plant will provide farmers in the region with options to current crops, which will likely have significant subsidy pressure in the future. This project will continue to align with federal policy, which includes creating more energy security for the U.S., while sustaining or improving the environmental integrity of our air, soil and water.

Forgive me for being down on this
I’m sorry if I’ve come across a bit snide here, but the one thing the United States does not need in renewable energy is another corn ethanol plant.

In terms of biofuels—which will only ever be a part of diversified portfolio of renewable energy sources—we need to move on to other non-food crop feedstocks, ones with higher yields per acre, and ones made from waste products. It’s true that diverting corn into biofuel usage may not be the only reason food prices have risen globally, but corn ethanol still just doesn’t make sense on so many other grounds. Can we simply put this one to bed, please?

Oh wait, I forgot, the US is addicted to corn...

via :: Atlanta Business Chronicle
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