Advanced ethanol plant to break ground in California

By Staff | October 11, 2013

California Ethanol & Power LLC is one step closer to producing advanced ethanol following a Sept. 10 meeting of the Imperial County Board of Supervisors. During the meeting, board members of the California-based district voted to approve seven resolutions related to permitting, zoning, water and other issues related to the project. 

David Rubenstein, chief operating officer of CE&P, called the board’s action the “last of the permitting hurdles.” The project is expected to break ground late this year or early next year, with operations beginning approximately two years later. 

Once complete, the facility will have the capacity to produce 66 MMgy of ethanol from sugarcane and sweet sorghum feedstocks, along with 49.9 MW of renewable power and 940 million cubic feet of biogas. The ethanol plant will feature off-the-shelf Brazilian technology that is adapted to meet California’s stringent clean air and water standards.