Treasure Coast Essay
Mon November 26, 2012
Energy from yard waste and such
A high-tech facility in southwestern Indian River County recently started generating electricity from yard waste and other non-food vegetation. Early in 2013, it will begin selling ethanol for motor vehicles. In America’s search for clean, renewable energy, this is a very big deal. It was even written up in The New York Times. The facility is called the INEOS New Planet Bio-Energy Center. It’s a joint venture of INEOS – that’s I-N-E-O-S for international ethylene-oxide sales, a chemical giant based in Europe – and New Planet Energy of California. The $130 million project is the first of its size to be registered by the U.S. government and has received a $50 million federal grant. It is located near Oslo Road and Southwest 74th Avenue, next to the county landfill – which will be one source of vegetative waste. The electricity is a byproduct of making ethanol. Eventually the Bio-Energy Center is projected to produce 8 million gallons of ethanol each year and enough electricity to power the center and also 14-hundred Indian River County homes. And to think that on this site, Ocean Spray once produced grapefruit juice. For 88.9 FM, this is Paul Janensch.