First U.S. Cellulosic Ethanol Plant

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports today that Range Fuels Inc., which will make ethanol from pine tree wood chips (and other biomass) has received “key environmental and construction permits from Georgia for a proposed $225 million cellulosic ethanol plant.” The company “plans to break ground on its 100-million-gallon-a-year factory in Soperton this summer.”

Kudos to Vinod Khosla, the Energy Department, and state of Georgia for making this important commercial breakthrough possible.