Virgin Islands Gives Go-Ahead for Ethanol Facility, Investigates Biodiesel Feasibility

July 28, 2006

The Virgin Islands granted a permit on July 17 to a Virgin Islands company, GeoNet Ethanol, LLC, to construct an ethanol dehydration facility on St. Croix. The facility will be located an industrial park in St. Croix at the site of the former alumina plant. The dehydration facility will have a capacity of producing 100 million gallons of ethanol per year that is destined for export to the U.S. mainland. The plant will be supplied by Dedini Industrias de Base in Pracicaba, Brazil.

Source: July 27 edition of Renewable Energy Access.

In the meantime, the Virgin Islands Energy Office announced it has received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to investigate production of biodiesel. The grant will provide 50% of the cost of the feasibility study, and a private partner will pick up the rest of the cost. For more information, see the Virgin Islands Energy Office Web site.