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Emmetsburg IA Cellulosic Plant to Cease Commercial Operation


The joint venture between Royal DSM and Poet functioning as Advance Biofuels LLC has ceased production of cellulosic ethanol production at Project Liberty located in Emmetsburg, IA. The facility will now focus on research and development and the creation of new technologies to support production of fuel from biomass. Although plant management claim to have produced and sold millions of gallons of cellulosic ethanol, there are obviously either technical or financial restraints to commercial operation. The company has placed the blame on the EPA and its management of renewable volume obligations which has creative a “disincentive for the marketplace”.

Kyle Gilley, Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Communications for Poet stated “Over the last three years, EPA management of the Renewable Fuels Standard has held back cellulosic ethanol advancement, ended future agricultural markets for U.S. farmers and undermined what the President has promised”.

The plant was designed to produce 25 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol annually but the company has not disclosed production figures and it is not possible to verify the initial assumptions that promised farmers additional income from their stover.

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