Wednesday, March 29, 2006


Michigan sets sights on ethanol to become an energy hotbed

The ethanol trend is good news for Michigan, because it is expected to create hundreds of jobs and spur millions of dollars of economic growth in areas that choose to produce and distribute the fuel. A typical ethanol plant making 40 million gallons a year employs about 50 people.

"The energy crisis that has created the thirst for ethanol is that the government told the oil industry to clean up its emissions years ago," said Carroll Knight, owner of more than 100 gas stations in Michigan, Indiana and Iowa. "Ethanol production helps the balance of trade and helps farmers."

With growing uncertainty in the petroleum market and a national mandate to explore new areas of energy, the construction of at least four production plants could be a sign that Michigan plans to be a significant player in the creation of an ethanol corridor in the Midwest.

Article, and more: Detroit Free Press

Cross posted from: NBF


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