"These biorefineries will play a critical role in helping to bring cellulosic ethanol to market, and teaching us how we can produce it in a more cost effective manner," Secretary Bodman said. "Ultimately, success in producing inexpensive cellulosic ethanol could be a key to eliminating our nation's addiction to oil. By relying on American ingenuity and on American farmers for fuel, we will enhance our nation's energy and economic security."
Cellulosic ethanol is seen by the current administration as the best way to achieve their goal of increasing the use of renewable and alternative fuels in the transportation sector by 35 billion gallons of ethanol a year by 2017. Industry will have to more than match the DOE's contributions leading to a total of more than $1.2 billion that will be invested in these six biorefineries.
The following six projects were selected from the many proposals:
- Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas, LLC of Chesterfield, Missouri, up to $76 million.
- ALICO, Inc. of LaBelle, Florida, up to $33 million.
- BlueFire Ethanol, Inc. of Irvine, California, up to $40 million.
- Broin Companies of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, up to $80 million.
- Iogen Biorefinery Partners, LLC, of Arlington, Virginia, up to $80 million.
- Range Fuels (formerly Kergy Inc.) of Broomfield, Colorado, up to $76 million.
For the record, anyone who voted in our last poll - Best way to spend the DOE's money - for anything but cellulosic ethanol, well, I'm afraid you and I were both clearly wrong.