VONORE, Tenn. (AP) - U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Samuel
W. Bodman says his agency plans to invest as much as $86 million in
ethanol projects in Tennessee, Kentucky and Maine.
In remarks in Virginia, Bodman says the department will invest through 2011 in facilities at Vonore in East Tennessee, Washington County, Ky., and Old Town, Maine.
The projects are part of a broader federal goal of making cellulosic ethanol cheaper by 2012, and to reduce America's gasoline use by expanding the availability of alternative and renewable fuels.
The three small-scale biorefineries will use a variety of feedstocks and test different technologies that could be adapted for full-scale commercial use.
"These projects will help pioneer the next generation of nonfood based biofuels that will power our cars and trucks and help meet President Bush's goal to stop greenhouse gas emissions growth by 2025," Bodman said in a statement.
The projects selected Friday are expected to be operational within four years. Combined with varying industry costs share among the three selected projects, the department said more than $300 million will be invested in the three projects.