Study fuels project in south-central Pennsylvania

By | October 01, 2002
A recent marketing study has provided further evidence supporting a south-central Pennsylvania ethanol plant. The Regional Economic Development District Initiative and BBI International conducted the study to verify that sufficient markets within the mid-Atlantic region exist to sustain plant products. The marketing study showed the proposed $40 million plant could generate a profit while supplying ethanol, distillers grains and carbon dioxide to a customer base that would stretch from Washington, D.C., to Boston. The marketing study examined the Northeast region's average gasoline consumption in relation to how demand would be affected if one percent of the gasoline was replaced with ethanol. Working with data supplied by the Senate Renewable Fuel Standards, the study found the demand for ethanol in the Northeast region could increase to 545 million gallons by 2006.