CE&P receives construction permit

By Erin Voegele | November 13, 2013

California Ethanol & Power LLC recently announced it has received its Authority to Construct permit from California’s Imperial County Air Pollution Control District. According to the company, the permit is the final piece of the necessary entitlements.

The project under development by CE&P will have the capacity to produce 66 million gallons of sugarcane- and sweet sorghum-based ethanol, along with 49.9 megawatts (MW) of renewable electricity and 940 million cubic feet of biogas.

Dave Rubenstein, president and CEO of CE&P, said the company is ready to break ground on the facility as soon as financing approvals come through. “We believe we could be seeing formal commitments for the financing within the next two to four weeks,” he said, noting the company currently expects to begin construction during the first quarter of 2014.

In addition, Rubenstein also noted CE&P’s seed cane growing program is on track. The company is currently planting 300 acres of sugarcane, which will be expanded to 3,000 acres next year. The following year, planting will expand to 30,000 to 35,000 acres of sugarcane.

Additional information on the project is available here. http://www.ethanolproducer.com/articles/10242/cep-gets-county-approval-for-renewable-fuel-power-project