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CVEC qualified as biomass facility

BENSON -- The Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company in Benson has been accepted into the Biomass Crop Assistance Program as a qualified Biomass Conversion Facility.

As part of the 2008 Farm Bill, BCAP is designed to assist agricultural and forest land owners and operators with matching payments for the amount paid for the collection, harvest, storage and transportation of eligible material by a qualified Biomass Conversion Facility. CVEC's involvement in the BCAP program means eligible producers will receive up to a maximum of $45 per dry ton of approved material delivered to CVEC.

The BCAP program is a great incentive assisting in the transition from petroleum-based energy to renewable energy sources, according to Chad Friese, CVEC commodity manager and biomass delivery coordinator.

The CVEC plant uses a gasification system that can utilize a variety of biomass fuel sources, including corn cobs and woods chips. Both are eligible for the BCAP matching funds.

Mike Jerke, CVEC general manager, said support from Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., who is chairman of the House Agricultural Committee, helped make the BCAP program possible.

For more information, call Friese at 320-843-4813.