Georgia Announces Plans for Nation's First Wood-Chip Ethanol Plant

February 08, 2007

Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue announced February 7 that Range Fuels, Inc., a Colorado-based cellulosic ethanol company, will build a wood-based cellulosic ethanol plant in Treutlen County, near Macon. The facility will be the nation’s first wood-to-ethanol plant built on a commercial scale.

"Today’s announcement is not only great news for Range Fuels and Treutlen County, but also our state’s forestry industry and Georgia’s continued push to encourage bio-fuels developed from home-grown products," said Perdue said in a press release.

Range Fuels uses a unique heat and pressure process to convert wood to a hydrogen-rich gas, which is then converted to ethanol with a chemical catalyst. The plant is expected to produce 10 million gallons of ethanol per year and create approximately 69 new jobs for the area. It will use wood chips from timber harvesting in Treutlen County, a major timber-producing area.

Range Fuels CEO Mitch Mandich said the company decided to locate its plant in Georgia because of the state's timber industry. He said the company will break ground on the plant this year.

For more information, see the governor’s February 7 press release.

Source: February 7 article in The Denver Post