Do we have any readers representing BioTown, USA, AKA Reynolds, Indiana? This tiny town (population ~550) is trying to become energy self-sufficient and is using biofuels and biomass-generated electricity to get there. We've written about this project before (links below) and now that the next phase - called, um, Phase II - of the project has broken ground.
Well, this doesn't bode well for the ethanol industry. They've had ten years to get a system in place in Reynolds, Ind. (that's when Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels bequeathed the name "BioTown" on Reynolds), but it just isn't working. The idea is good: power all the cars in one small town with ethanol, heat all the homes with the methane gas from the town sewers and nearby hog farms. The results are not.