Cellulosic Ethanol Five Years Away, Says Bodman
Washington, D.C. — Distilleries that can make fuel alcohol from crop waste, prairie grasses or trees rather than corn should be in operation within five years, says Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman.
Bodman said his department expects to issue loan guarantees next year for the first such projects. Construction will take an additional two to three years, he said Thursday.
"I'll say five years, giving myself a little flexibility on it, but potentially faster than five years," he said, answering questions at a press briefing with Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns.
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