Projects Advance, Editorial Board Announced

By Susanne Retka Schill | June 10, 2010
Summer is here, and with it the 26th annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo. This issue is being delivered to the FEW, June 14-17 in St. Louis. Generally the largest of the year, we have a packed issue for you. Associate editors Holly Jessen and Luke Geiver have gathered project development updates on multiple ethanol plants that completed construction this year and are still being built, and visited with developers for the always popular report on proposed projects. As we've noted before, the build-out of new capacity has slowed dramatically in the past couple of years, yet the new crop of proposed projects is more interesting than ever, with new synergies being explored for first generation sugar/starch ethanol facilities. Attention is shifting towards the next generation, where new projects are being proposed even as the first crop of developers strive to get their projects successfully launched. Anna Austin provides an update on a number of those cellulosic projects. This issue is rounded out with features about emerging from bankruptcy, engine developments, ethanol to drink, and as promised last month, Jessen's report on the thrill of a presidential visit to an ethanol plant in Missouri, along with four excellent articles written by our industry contributors.

Ethanol Producer Magazine is launching an editorial board at this year's FEW. We've long wanted to have a group we could call upon for background information, ideas and feedback for the editorial team, building relationships within the industry and helping us to become better imbedded. We've recruited 10 ethanol producers to serve on the first board including Mike Jerke, Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co.; Jeremy Wilhelm, Cilion Inc.; Mick Henderson, Commonwealth Agri-Energy LLC; Keith Kor, Corn Plus; Walter Wendland, Golden Grain Energy; Neal Jakel, Illinois River Energy LLC; Bert Farrish, LifeLine Foods LLC; Eric Mosebey, Lincolnland Agri-Energy LLC; Steve Roe, Little Sioux Corn Processors; and Bernie Punt, Siouxland Energy & Livestock Co-op. Our thanks to these gentlemen for saying yes; we hope to learn much from them in the year ahead.