Verbio’s new biorefinery has begun operations in the US state of Iowa.
The first US industrial scale renewable natural gas facility using agricultural residues came onstream in Nevada.
After two-and-a half years of construction, the plant will produce 7 million ethanol gallons equivalent (EGE) of RNG with the completion of Phase I.
After the completion of Phase II in the fourth quarter of next year, the site will begin operating as a biorefinery and produce 60 million gallons of corn-based ethanol.
Greg Faith, president and general manager, said: “Our biorefinery facility is now injecting pipeline quality natural gas into Alliant Energy’s gas distribution system for sale, nationally, to CNG and LNG transportation customers.
“This is a great day for our company, for our employees and for our partners in agriculture. We greatly appreciate the support we have received from the City of Nevada, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Des Moines Area Community College, Alliant Energy and many others – their support has been critical to our project’s success.”
Since the passage of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) legislation in 2005 and as amended in 2007, Iowa has become a leader in the production of ethanol and biodiesel.
“VERBIO is a first-class company, and I’m pleased they chose to invest in Iowa for this new biorefinery facility,” said Debi Durham, executive director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority.
“This important renewable energy project exemplifies our economic development strategy in Iowa, which is about innovation and attracting highly skilled jobs that will raise the standard of living and create wealth for our state.”
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