The Des Moines, Iowa city council is due to select one of two proposals to build a new ethanol production facility on December 4. Lincolnway Energy of Nevada wants to build a coal powered plant. Vision Fuels is proposing a natural gas powered plant. Des Moines mayor Frank Cownie, who has supported the coal fired plant, said emissions should definitely factor in the final decision.

Frontline BioEnergy of Ames, Iowa did a study showing that a plant that produced 50 million gallons of ethanol per year would emit 207,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year if powered by coal, 92 percent more than a natural gas plant, which would emit 108,000 tons, would. Frontline produces bio-gas from other biomass that can be used as a power source for plants such as ethanol refineries. Residents of the area where the plant is to built overwhelmingly favor the gas powered proposal.

[Source: Des Moines Register]

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