USDA announces payments to advanced ethanol producers

By Erin Voegele | May 20, 2013

The USDA has announced $14 million payments to advanced biofuel 162 producers in 38 states under the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels. The program awards payments to eligible producers based on the amount of advanced biofuel produced from renewable sources of biomass, other than corn starch.

“These payments represent the Obama administration’s commitment to support an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy,” said Acting Under Secretary for Rural Development Doug O’Brien. “Producing advanced biofuels is a major component of the drive to take control of America’s energy future by developing domestic, renewable energy sources.”

To date, more than 280 produces in 445 states have received a total of $192.5 million in payments under the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels. According to the USDA, the program has supported the production of more than 3 billion gallons of advanced biofuel and the equivalent of more than 36 billion kilowatt hours of electricity.

Advanced ethanol producers that will receive awards under the latest round of funding include:

- Central Indiana Ethanol LLC, $534,769
- Western Plains Energy LLC, $1.219 million
- Nesika Energy LLC, $72,103
- Arkalon Ethanol LLC, $69,347
- Kansas Ethanol LLC, $66,247
- Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy LLC, $60,217
- Bonanza Bioenergy LLC, $44,492
- Reeve Agri Energy Inc., $13,953
- Chief Ethanol Fuel Inc., $16,314
- Cornhusker Energy Lexington LLC, $2,037
- Nugen Energy LLC, $2,100
- White Energy Inc., $160,072
- MXI Environmental LLC, $1,302