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1.25.2008

Energy from Forest Waste

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced that Liberty Industries, an affiliate of Liberty Chips Corporation, will receive a $4 million grant (part of the Farm to Fuel program designed to spur the state’s agricultural industry to produce 25 percent of Florida’s energy needs by 2025) to build a plant to produce ethanol and electricity from forest products, crops and municipal solid waste. The project will use gasification and fermentation to convert the waste products from sawmills, nearby straw, peanut and cotton crops will be used in addition to discarded tires, plastics and municipal waste.

The plant, to be located near Hosford, is about 40 miles southwest of Tallahassee.

According to the Dept. of Agriculture, the total project will cost around $38 million and will produce 7 million gallons of ethanol and 5.4 megawatts of electricity early in 2009. Production is projected to doubled in the next two to three years. The plant's waste product is ash, which has been certified by the USDA as environmentally safe.

Other grants awarded under the Farm to Fuel program include gulf Coast Energy of Walton LLC, which received $7 million for the construction and operation of ethanol and biodiesel plants in Mossy Head, about 130 miles southwest of Tallahassee on the edge of Eglin Air Force Base. A $62 million project is expected to begin construction in the next few months to produce biodiesel by the end of 2008, and produce ethanol early in 2009.

Another ethanol company, US Envirofuels received funding to construct a plan in Highlands County.





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