Alternative Energy Sources, Inc. of Kansas City, which just announced last week that it is in the process of building the “first cellulosic plant” in the country, (a claim disputed by SunOpta) today announced plans to build a 110-million-gallon ethanol plant 65 miles south of Chicago in Kankakee, Ill.
According to a company release, AENS has optioned the entire 248-acre Kankakee Industrial Park next to a newly permitted regional sanitary landfill. “In addition to giving us the large footprint needed for flexibility in plant design, this will allow us to acquire landfill methane gas for our operations at one-third the cost of natural gas on a Btu-adjusted basis,” said Lee Blank, AENS executive vice president and chief operating officer.
The company also announced plans last week to build a 110-million-gallon ethanol plant in Boone County, Iowa, between Ogden and Beaver in the central part of the state.
Not wasting any time here. AENS was just formed in June by Blank and Mark Beemer, former execs of ADM, the nation’s largest ethanol producer.