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Tour Held of Ethanol Plant
Press Release Date:  May 23, 2005
John Davies
(800) 282-0868

Frankfort, KY, (May 23, 2005) – On May 20, the University of Kentucky, through the use of a grant secured by the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy from the Southern States Energy Board, sponsored a tour of the Commonwealth Agri-Energy Ethanol plant in Hopkinsville.  This event gave participants a firsthand look at the ethanol production process and presented the factors involved in establishing and operating ethanol production facilities. Speakers discussed the benefits of ethanol, the impact of current energy policy on the development of the ethanol market as well as ideas to encourage the development of ethanol plants.  The event included speakers, a guided tour of the biodiesel plant and a panel discussion.

The Commonwealth Agri-Energy Ethanol plant is the largest producer of bioethanol in Kentucky. The facility is located in Hopkinsville where production began on February 18, 2004. Each year 7 million bushels of corn will be used to produce 20 million gallons of ethanol.  Commonwealth Agri-Energy is owned by two groups of farmer investors: the Kentucky Corn Growers’ Association and the Hopkinsville Elevator Cooperative.

This tour was held in support of the goals outlined in Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy.   The strategy urges the creation of policies that promote the production, consumption and availability of ethanol in Kentucky.




Last updated: Monday, May 23, 2005