Pacific Ethanol awarded grant to support sorghum program

By Pacific Ethanol Inc. | July 29, 2014

Pacific Ethanol Inc., the leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the western United States, announced it was awarded a $3 million matching grant from the California Energy Commission to develop a sorghum feedstock program collaboratively with Chromatin Inc., CSU Fresno's Center for Irrigation Technology and the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center. This undertaking also includes the California In-State Sorghum Program to support a lasting expansion in California's ability to produce low-carbon ethanol from in-state feedstock that meets both the renewable fuel and greenhouse gas reduction goals stipulated under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard and California's Low-Carbon Fuel Standard.

Neil Koehler, the company's president and CEO, said, "We are honored to receive this important grant, which supports Pacific Ethanol's collaboration with California Agriculture and the other ethanol producers in California toward the long-term development of sorghum feedstock for advanced biofuel production at both our Madera and Stockton California facilities."