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Published February 22, 2011, 03:34 AM

Jamestown ethanol plant to turn corn and wheat stalks into fuel

Jamestown, ND (WDAY TV) - 3-years ago, the ethanol plant in Jamestown was derailed by high corn prices. It's back on track, but with a different source of fuel.

Great River Energy is hoping to turn corn and wheat stalks into this: Ethanol for your car. The plant would be built here at the Spiritwood Energy Park just out side of Jamestown.

This coal plant, which will be operational within a year, will provide steam power for the ethanol plant and in turn the ethanol plant will take some of its waste and that will be burned in the coal plant. State and local officials are excited about what this would bring to the local economy.

Jamestown Mayor: “Well we're just looking at the economic impact that's going to happen in Jamestown and the permanent employees that are going to end up being located there and of course the revenue the plant itself can generate.”

And local farmers would have a new market for a part of a crop that they don't always use.

“So what we are thinking about in Jamestown is what is the availability of corn stover, what is the availability of wheat straw as crop residual sources for second generation kind of capability.”

Before building can begin on this site, Great River Energy will be looking for loan guarantees from the federal government. If built, the Ethanol plant would be the only commercial size plant in the U-S that makes fuel from Corn stalks and wheat straw.