FULTON — On March 3, Arnold Klann of BlueFire Ethanol and a consortium of 31 other advanced biofuel producers signed a letter to U.S. congressional leaders urging the implementation of a 30 percent investment tax credit (ITC) for advanced biorefineries.
They believe the ITC is needed to jumpstart the industry which must meet looming federal mandates for renewable fuels. Their belief is that the commercialization of the advanced biofuels industry has been severely delayed by the extended downturn in the U.S. economy, limiting access to private capital needed for the development of commercial scale projects.
While Congress has utilized a loan guarantee programs to try to bridge this gap, these programs have yet to drive any substantial advanced biorefinery project development, according to BlueFire.
BlueFire is currently focused on the development of their two United States commercial biorefineries in Lancaster, Calif., and in North Mississippi at Fulton. The shovel-ready, fully-permitted ethanol biorefinery in Lancaster, BlueFire’s first U.S. commercial plant, will use post-sorted cellulosic wastes diverted from Southern California’s landfills to produce approximately 3.9 million gallons of fuel-grade ethanol per year.
BlueFire is also moving forward with its internal project schedule for a second planned commercial cellulosic ethanol plant in Fulton. The project will allow BlueFire to utilize green and wood wastes available in the region as feedstock for the ethanol plant that will be designed to produce approximately 18 million gallons of ethanol per year.