Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Tuscola Illinois is Growing Crops for Biofuels

Tuscola Illinois has decided to become a pioneer in the quest to grow crops for the next generation of biofuels. This is truly what it is going to take to develop the markets that will be necessary to have cellulosic ethanol and other biofuels to become viable:

Meanwhile, city officials have been talking with Duke Energy, which operates a power plant at Tuscola's Lyondell chemical-manufacturing facility, about converting the facility so that a portion of its power would come from the biofuels.

"We want to set up a market, so we told Duke we would figure out a way to get a supply of biofuels to them," Moody said.

Moody said the experiment could become a model to help attract a biofuel-related industry to Tuscola (perhaps even a miscanthus-burning ethanol plant), providing a market for farmers seeking to grow miscanthus or other biocrops.

Moody said he has been approached by developers interested in the possibility of burning biomass to produce electricity.

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