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Carbon Green Bioenergy revitalizes Michigan ethanol facility


Mitch Miller talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR

Written by Kristin Jobin

Mitch Miller is the CEO of Carbon Green Bioenergy. The company purchased a bankrupt ethanol facility in Lake Odessa, Mich. and restarted operations. The plant buys corn from local farmers to produce 50 million gallons of ethanol and 120 thousand tons of distiller dried grains per year.

Miller says that Michigan was of great interest for investment because of the ethanol deficit that existed in the state.

“There are only 250 million gallons of production here in the state, and the state uses 400 million gallons of ethanol per year, “ says Miller.

Despite the ethanol deficit in Michigan, Miller insists that the major growth in the industry is coming to an end.

“For the majority, the large grow is over,” says Miller “The five operating facilities in the state right now will continue to debottleneck their operations and expand their production slightly.”

Major auto manufacturers are still interested in producing flex fuel vehicles that can run off of ethanol. Ethanol is the only available form of liquid fuel that is an alternative to gasoline.

“All the major automobile manufacturers have been very supportive of this idea.,” says Miller. “That really is driven by the need for America to reduce the amount of oil that we import so that we can select as a nation where to purchase.”

Click on the arrow above to hear Miller’s June 25 Greening of the Great Lakes conversation with Kirk HeinzeGreening of the Great Lakes airs Friday evenings at 7 on News/Talk 760 WJR.

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