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May 31, 2006

Ethanol Industry Reaches Milestone of 100 Operating Plants

It may be no more meaningful than watching your odometer roll over to a nice even number, but the ethanol industry couldn't help noting in late May that the number of operating ethanol plants had reached 100. Frontier Ethanol, LLC, a subsidiary of The Broin Companies, earned the honor when it began operating a plant in Iowa that will produce 60 million gallons of ethanol per year. According to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the 100 plants can produce more than 4.7 billion gallons of ethanol fuel each year. The RFA says another 33 plants are under construction, while 8 are being expanded, to yield an additional 2 billion gallons in annual ethanol production. See the press release from Broin (PDF 64 KB) and the full list of plants on the RFA Web site. Download Adobe Reader.

Ethanol plants are also continuing to expand into new territory. Pacific Ethanol, Inc. has received all necessary permits to begin construction on a plant on the Columbia River in north central Oregon. Construction on the plant will begin soon and should be completed a year from now. See the Pacific Ethanol press release (PDF 39 KB).