Ethanol plants awarded funds under USDA advanced biofuel program

By Erin Voegele | July 30, 2012

The USDA announced payments to 125 advanced biofuel producers on July 27. The awards were made under the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels, which was established in the 2008 Farm Bill. The program makes payments to eligible producers based on the amount of biofuels that are produced from renewable biomass, other than corn starch.

Biofuels eligible for the program include those produced fueling cellulose, hemicellulose, or lignin feedstocks, as well as those produced from sugar or starch that does not come from corn. Crop residues, vegetative waste material, animal waste, food waste, yard waste, animal fats, vegetable fats and biogas are some additional feedstocks that eligible fuels can be manufactured from.

“Advanced biofuels are a key component of President Obama’s ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy to reduce the Nation's reliance on foreign oil and take control of America's energy future,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “These payments represent help spur an alternative fuels industry using renewable feedstocks grown in America, broadening the range of feedstock options available to biofuels producers, helping to create an economy built to last.”

While the majority of program’s recipients currently represent the biodiesel industry, several ethanol plants that use feedstocks other can corn starch also received payment under this round of awards. These producers include:

- Pinal Energy, LLC: $35,355 for ethanol production

- Arkalon Ethanol, LLC: $1,868,965 for ethanol production

- Bonanza Bioenergy: LLC: $121,500 for ethanol production

- Kansas Ethanol, LLC: $168,168 for ethanol production

- Nesika Energy, LLC: $46,822 for ethanol production

- Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy, LLC: $98,791 for ethanol production

- Reeve Agri Energy, Inc.: $221,752 for ethanol production

- Western Plains Energy, LLC: $3,130,184 for ethanol production

- Abengoa Bioenergy Corporation: $367,490 for ethanol production

- White Energy, Inc.: $743,124 for ethanol production