The Canadian government is giving local communities a hand in figuring out whether or not an ethanol production facility makes financial sense for them. Canadian Federal and Provincial governments unveiled a template last week that is a business model showing the costs and benefits of building an ethanol plant and a feedlot. The model features a 20-million liter ethanol facility with a 20,000-head of cattle feedlot. The computer model features over 800 variables, so the community leaders can understand what will happen when, say, the price of grain dips of the price of natural gas goes up. Canada has pledged to blend ethanol with five percent of its transportation fuel by 2010.

[Source: Discover Moosejaw]

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