Ground Broken for First Commercial Cellulosic Biomass Plant in the United States

November 5, 2007

DOE Secretary Samuel Bodman attended a groundbreaking ceremony on November 6th for Range Fuels biorefinery, one of the nation's first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol biorefineries. Range Fuels biorefinery is one of six cellulosic biorefineries that will be constructed with DOE's support. See the November 6th DOE press release, the DOE press release about the upcoming facilities, and Secretary Bodman's speech at the Range Fuels groundbreaking.

The projects that were chosen by the DOE include Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass; ALICO, Inc.; BlueFire Ethanol, Inc.; Broin Companies; Iogen Biorefinery Partners, LLC; and Range Fuels. The biorefineries will be constructed in Kansas; LaBelle, Florida; southern California; Emmetsburg, Iowa; Shelley, Idaho; and Soperton, Georgia. The six refineries, fueled with non-food based biomass such as agricultural waste, trees, forest residues, and perennial grasses, are expected to produce more than 130 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year. For more information about cellulosic biofuel, see EERE's biomass program.