Former President Carter Welcomes Biodiesel Plant to Plains, Georgia

February 26, 2007

Alterra Bioenergy and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter announced February 20 that the company will build a biodiesel refinery in Carter's hometown of Plains, Georgia. The plant will produce fuel from local crops, boosting the regional farm economy.

"The development of alternative, environmentally responsible energy sources has been a passion of mine since I became a public servant," President Carter said. "The production of alternative fuels, such as biodiesel, is a very important step toward energy independence, while at the same time being less harmful to the environment and supporting local farmers."

Carter said that he is looking forward to making his own family's farm crops available for producing biofuels. The new plant will produce fuel from regional soybean, peanut, cotton, and rapeseed crops.

The Plains refinery is the second such facility that Alterra Bioenergy, based in Macon, is building in Georgia. Plant officials say it will have the capacity to produce 15 to 30 million gallons of fuel per year, and further volume production will be added in phases. The company plans to begin construction by late March 2007 and expects the plant to begin production by November 2007. The facility will provide about 25 jobs.

Several other biofuel refineries are either planned or have opened in Georgia in recent months, including facilities in Dublin, Gordon, Soperton, and Baxley.

For more information, see the February 20 National Biodiesel Board press release.

Source: February 21 article in The Macon Telegraph.