Over the weekend, E Energy Adams in Nebraska achieved a major milestone, producing its one billionth gallon of ethanol.
The Fagen/ICM designed plant was constructed in 2006 and began operation on October 27, 2007. “It took us nearly 14 years to make a billion gallons of ethanol, and we’re very proud of what we have achieved for our community and investors,” said Carl Sitzmann, who has been the CEO of E Energy from the start of operations. Sitzmann is a member of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) board of directors, serving on its executive committee for the past four years.
“With the achievement of this milestone, E Energy Adams joins an elite group of ethanol biorefineries that have reached one billion gallons of production,” said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “We congratulate Carl, his excellent staff, and all of the E Energy investors who made this accomplishment possible. Day in and day out for the last 14 years, they have worked tirelessly to support the local economy and provide American consumers with cleaner, greener, and more affordable fuel options.”
While the original plant capacity was 50 million gallons per year, various expansion efforts and projects to remove bottlenecks over the years brought the current capacity to 100 million gallons. In addition to doubling ethanol capacity, the plant also increased corn storage, added various new technologies, and gained unit-train capability to ship to California.
“We have a huge impact on the surrounding community. In addition to the significant tax revenue we provide to the county and local village, we’re boosting corn prices for the local producers, providing a protein-rich distillers grains to livestock feeders, and our distillers corn oil is used as either livestock feed or as feedstock for renewable diesel production,” said Sitzmann.
The company is celebrating their billion-gallon milestone throughout the month of September.