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U.S. wood ethanol gets biomass crop assistance

Nov. 20, 2009, Rapid City, SD – KL Energy’s Upton, Wyoming, cellulosic ethanol facility has been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a biomass production facility under the U.S. Biomass Crop Assistance Program.


November 20, 2009
By Canadian Biomass

Nov. 20, 2009, Rapid City,
SD – KL Energy’s Upton, Wyoming, cellulosic ethanol facility has been approved
by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a biomass production facility
under the U.S. Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). KL Energy is developing
and commercializing second-generation cellulose-based ethanol. The company has
an industrial-size plant operating in the United States and is currently
working with its strategic partners and licensees to commence the construction
of additional cellulosic ethanol facilities in the United States, Europe, and
South America.

BCAP, which is
administered by the USDA's Farm Service Agency, offers a matching per-ton
payment for the collection, harvest, storage, and transportation of renewable
biomass delivered and sold to a local biomass conversion facility. It will
provide KL Energy with funding to offset the feedstock cost associated with its
demonstration biorefinery in Upton, Wyoming. The facility produces cellulosic
ethanol and other high-value energy products from wood chips.

"Renewable fuel
production has the capability to make forestry byproducts from the Black Hills
a valuable resource," says Senator John Thune. Senator Thune authored
BCAP, which was included in the 2008 Farm Bill.


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