Western Wisconsin Energy to increase plant capacity

By Ryan C. Christiansen | September 08, 2008
Web exclusive posted Sept. 25, 2008 at 1:45 p.m. CST

The Dunn County, Wis., Board of Supervisors has approved a request by Western Wisconsin Energy LLC in Boyceville, Wis., to increase the ethanol plant's capacity from 50 MMgy to 59 MMgy. The company had to seek approval from the county because of a deed restriction that limited the plant's production to 50 MMgy for three years. The Western Wisconsin Energy ethanol plant has been in operation since Aug. 28, 2006.

The plant is taking advantage of enhancements that will allow the company to increase production, according to Steve Christensen, general manager and chief executive officer of Western Wisconsin Energy. He said the plant has implemented new process control and optimization software and is in the process of building an additional fermentation tank that will allow the plant to increase yields by increasing fermentation time from 45 hours to 60 hours. Christensen expects the plant will increase production to 53 MMgy or 54 MMgy relatively quickly.