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Ethanol Biofuel Manufacturing Plant to be built in New York State

May 29th, 2006

Ethanol Biofuel Manufacturing Plant to be built in New York State

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Governor George E. Pataki  publicized on May 8th that the State will fund $6 million dollars to Western New York Energy (WNYE) to help aid in the building of the first dry mill ethanol plant in New York State.  The facility will cost a total of $87.4 million to complete construction.  The location is on 144 acres in the Town of Shelby in Orleans County, New York.

The ethanol will be made from cellulosic plant tissue which comes from organic materials.  Some examples would be pulp and paper mill extras and corn stalks. Ethanol is a high octane fuel that is able to be used in flexible-fuel cars.  There are approximately 180,000 flex-fuel vehicles in New York State that are on the roads today that could benefit from the alternative fuel.  E85 is a mixture of 85% ethanol and 15% unleaded gasoline.   


Currently most of the E85 pumps are located in the Midwest.  The New York State Thruway Authority will either add or convert at least one pump at all of their 27 travel plazas to E85 fuel to help distribute the ethanol to the consumers.

This will not only create work and income for the factory workers at the plant.  There will be construction jobs to make the factory.  When the factory is up and running it is estimated that WNYE will purchase an estimated 6 million bushels of corn each year from farmers in upstate New York.

Construction of the WNYE plant will begin this summer.  Production is anticipated to begin in January of 2008.  Once the plant is open it is expected to produce 50 million gallons of fuel-grade ethanol each year.  Other profit potential will come in the sale of 250,000 tones of distiller grains and 95,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year as well.  The leftovers of distiller grains and carbon dioxide are saleable products.  The grains can be sold as high-protein livestock feed which dairy cows would be able to eat.  Carbon dioxide is used in making soda pop and also for freeze drying foods.


“Western New York Energy’s new facility in the Town of Shelby will help us take advantage of this opportunity to reduce our dependence on unstable foreign energy supplies,” Governor Pataki said. “The new facility is expected to produce 50 million gallons of ethanol a year and create 58 new jobs and represents another significant step in our goal of developing a strong biofuel industry in the State which will not only provide an economic boost to our farming community, but keep our energy dollars here in New York.”

Congressman Thomas M. Reynolds said, “This new facility will help Western New York become a leader in helping to reduce America's reliance on foreign oil. I am pleased that the USDA is in the process of considering a $25 million federal package to contribute to this endeavor. With this initial investment from the state, coupled with the potential of a major federal investment, Western New York, Orleans County, the Town of Shelby, the Village of Medina and the Town of Ridgeway will play an important role in creating jobs, producing alternative energy, and making America more secure.”

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