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NASCAR, Ethanol Industry Join Forces

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NASCAR / Growth Energy Announce Historic American Ethanol Partnership
America’s Sport Joins Forces with America’s Fuel to Usher in New Era of Racing, Consumer Education
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – NASCAR, America’s most‐watched sport, and Growth Energy, the country’s leading
voice for the U.S. ethanol industry, announced today that they have formed a historic new partnership
that will help acquaint tens of millions of Americans with the significant environmental, economic, and
national security benefits of domestic ethanol.
This new partnership, announced by NASCAR CEO Brian France, comes just weeks after NASCAR publicly
stated that it would be taking its environmental commitment to the next level by fueling its races with
Sunoco Green E15 – a fuel that includes 15 percent renewable American ethanol, which is produced
from corn that is grown and harvested by American farmers, and then processed and produced at
ethanol plants across the United States.
Ethanol partners from around the country gathered at 15 separate Growth Energy‐organized American
Ethanol Watch Parties in cities such as Des Moines, Indianapolis, Wichita, Columbus, Denver,
Sacramento, Lincoln, Neb., and Lansing, Mich. to celebrate this historic partnership.
“Today, America’s sport and America’s fuel have kicked‐off one of the most exciting partnerships in the
history of NASCAR,” said NASCAR Legend Rusty Wallace. “This is a great moment for our sport and a
great moment for the hardworking men and women across the country who help make and produce
this great fuel.”
“There is nothing more American than NASCAR, and there is no fuel more American than ethanol. This is
a perfect partnership,” said Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy. “We are so proud that the bounty which
America’s farmers produce throughout the week will be used in NASCAR racing on Sunday.”
“We’re very excited to demonstrate the powerful performance associated with fuel ethanol’s high
octane value, and a NASCAR race track is the perfect stage. It’s also a great platform to educate millions
of fans about the public health benefits of ethanol,” said Dave Vander Griend, president and CEO of ICM,
Inc. “Today’s announcement on the dynamic partnership between American Ethanol and NASCAR really
spotlights the untapped potential of agriculture. For centuries, American farmers have successfully
demonstrated their ability to harness innovation and ingenuity to deliver homegrown food, fiber, and
fuel. Maintaining a solid agricultural foundation will play a tremendous role in maintaining a strong U.S.
economy, and by displacing millions of barrels of foreign oil with homegrown fuel, that role will expand
even further.”
The official partnership to NASCAR is being made through a newly‐formed organization, American
Ethanol, created by Growth Energy with the support of the National Corn Growers Association and other
key U.S. farming and ethanol leaders. As an Official NASCAR Partner, American Ethanol will become a
truly integrated industry player with activation to include exciting firsts for the sport:
• Starting with Daytona in 2011, NASCAR’s Green Flag will be branded to feature both American
Ethanol and NASCAR Green; symbolizing NASCAR’s continued efforts toward environmental
responsibility
• The driver with the fastest average speed on restarts per race will be presented with the
American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award
• American Ethanol branding on the Fuel Port of every car in each NASCAR national series
• Presenting sponsorship of the NASCAR Green Summit
“NASCAR and American Ethanol are ideal partners,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France.
“NASCAR is a great American sport in its third generation of family ownership, and ethanol is produced
from the harvest of family‐owned farms across our country’s heartland.
“American Ethanol’s new partnership with NASCAR is much larger and more ambitious than a typical
sports sponsorship. Here we have an entire industry looking to NASCAR to communicate its message
that America is capable of producing its own renewable, greener fuel. The entire NASCAR industry will
benefit from American Ethanol’s multi‐faceted support of NASCAR, as well as from thousands of farmers
and members of the ethanol supply chain now serving as new ambassadors for the sport.”

ICM develops new renewable source of energy from waste

ICM develops new renewable source of energy from
ICM has successfully completed a demonstration run of its gasification system, which converts biomass
and other waste products to a clean, usable source of energy.
By Ashley Bergner
Newton Kansan
Posted Mar 07, 2011 @ 01:14 PM
COLWICH —
ICM is taking trash and turning it into treasure.
The Colwich-based company recently completed testing of its Biomass Gasification System, which
converts waste into a “greener,” renewable source of energy that leaves less of a carbon footprint than
fossil fuels.
ICM started testing its gasifier at the Harvey County landfill in 2009 and believes the technology will be
used on a national, even global, scale.
“It’s really an environmentally responsible way of taking these fuels and converting them to energy,” said
Patrick Ralston, project manager. “...There really is a market for this out in the world.”
He said he is thrilled to be taking part in a local project that has such broad significance.
“Right here in small town Kansas is where this is happening,” he said. “We think this is exciting.”
How it works
Bert Bennett, Ph.D., the project’s principal scientist, compared the gasifier process to lighting a fire in the
fireplace. Heat is generated, and the fuel (in this case, wood) is turned to ash.
However, in the gasifier, waste is burned, but the process is stopped halfway. Instead of letting it turn to
ash, the trash is converted to synthetic gas, which can be used to generate power in industrial and
commercial settings.
The design is unique to ICM.
ICM tested 7,000 tons of 13 different types of waste, which are referred to as “feedstocks.” Feedstocks
tested included wood chips, wheat straw and refuse-derived fuel (this includes junk mail, cardboard and
other paper products you throw away).
Ralston said he hopes the successful testing of ICM’s Biomass Gasification System will mark a shift in the
way people look at creating energy, and provide a more environmentally-friendly way to generate power.
“Rather than dig a hole and burying our trash ... let’s use that,” Ralston said. “Let’s see this as a resource,
not just a waste product.”
ICM is exploring opportunities to market its technology as far away as the Caribbean and Asia.
Although the gasifier originally was supposed to be tested in Sedgwick County, zoning issues led ICM to
select Harvey County instead.
Ralston and Bennett said they were impressed by the amount of support they received from the Board of
Harvey County Commissioners and others in the county.
“We are just really happy and pleased to be working in Harvey County,” Bennett said.
Copyright 2011 The Newton Kansan. Some rights reserved

Changing With The Times

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'Changing with the times'
Utility to stop burning coal Dec. 31,
negotiates deal to make energy from
trash
11:07 PM, Nov. 12, 2011
If everything goes according to plan, Richmond citizens in a little over two years will be flipping on lights, powering up computers and basking in the cool of air conditioning, knowing that their homes are powered by trash. That is Richmond's future if a new public- private partnership comes to fruition. And long before that, in fact before the end of this year, Richmond will end its long local dependence on coal to generate power, according to Steve Saum, general manager at Richmond Power & Light (RP&L). The municipal utility is apparently a short time away from forming a partnership with Cate Street Capital, a Delaware firm which plans to finance the formation of a new company and the conversion of RP&L from coal-fired electric producer to one that
uses only municipal solid waste, or trash. But no matter what happens with this project, RP&L's days of burning coal in
An employee removes feed stock from the ICM gasifier in suburban Wichita, Kan. / Photo supplied by ICM
Richmond to produce electric power will be over by year's end, Sam said. "We will stop burning coal as of Dec. 31," Saum said. "We will not be generating (electric power). The EPA won't allow it. In the interim, we will continue to buy (electric power for Richmond) from (the Indiana Municipal Power Agency)."
RP&L will buy electric power off the national power grid. Saum said there would be little change in service or rates since the local utility only generated power about 25 percent of days this year. The change also would not affect employees. The 33 employees who work in the generating station will do maintenance projects and, when the Cate Street contract is signed, will begin training on the new technology. Saum said the rising price of coal, coupled with the stricter emission standards coming in 2012, will make it impossible to profitably generate electricity using coal. He said a recent Environmental Protection Agency legislation, the Cross State Air Pollution Rule, CSAPAR, (called CASPAR) takes effect in January 2012 and becomes more stringent in 2014. "We decided to stop coal use a month ago when they passed CASPAR," Saum said. "It
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really restricts the sulfur dioxide emissions. With those restrictions we're not looking to buy coal anymore."
Negotiations continue
Attorneys for the two companies are currently working on the agreement and both sides seem sure the project will move forward. "I'd say we're 80 to 90 percent sure that it will happen," said Saum. "There's always the possibility of something regulatory that might make it not happen, but there's nothing we know yet." "We're spending a lot of time and effort and money to make this happen," said Bob Payne, managing director of Cate Street Capital. "It's a very complex agreement but we're very close. We're not concerned about getting the agreement finalized." Saum calls it a one-of-a-kind, first-of-its- kind project that is expected to move Richmond out of the coal-fired power era and into a future as a national leader in green energy. "It's the beginning and we may be the first one in the country," Saum said. "We've been around here for over 100 years, but things change, times change. And RP&L is changing with the times. We've become more energy conscious and with this project we will become more environmentally conscious."
With the partnership RP&L and Cate Street will form a new company, Life Cycle Energy, LLC. Thirty-three RP&L employees will work for the new company and use RP&L's power generation equipment to produce electric power from trash.
Ten to 15 new jobs would be created. Cate Street would finance the project, investing more than $100 million on engineering and construction, and would bear all financial risks. "We don't yet know the total cost, but Cate Street will bear 100 percent of the debt," Payne said. "We'll make it work."
Federal grant
Payne said Cate Street has applied for a Section 1603 Treasury Grant, part of the 2009 American Recovery & Reinvestment Tax Act, which could fund up to 30 percent of the qualified expenditures for the project.
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In order to get that grant, however, Cate Street must commit at least 5 percent of the capital cost to the project by the end of this year. The law allows that investment can include the purchase of existing equipment, which would qualify Cate Street's "purchase" of RP&L's power generating equipment. But that purchase would only be on paper for this specific project. If the project fails to carry through, according to the agreement being finalized, the equipment would revert back to RP&L. The plan to date is that Life Cycle Energy would break ground on a new production building in April 2012 and the project would be operational by Jan. 1, 2013.
End of coal
RP&L officials saw the storm clouds of regulation on the horizon several years ago. Today, those clouds are at hand. "We're between a rock and another rock," said RP&L board member Phil Quinn. "The EPA is throwing out these regulations that will cause us and all coal-fired power plants to have a very, very difficult time operating. We don't have a lot of choice." "If this plan doesn't work, we're in big trouble," said board member Jack Elstro. "We'd lose these jobs. We'd have RP&L but we wouldn't be generating. I'm behind this 100 percent."
In 2010 RP&L officials began talks with Cate Street to explore the energy-from- waste technology, at that time being developed by Recycling Solutions Technology (RST), a small Kentucky company. Local officials visited the Kentucky plant and studied the technology. In February, they abandoned plans to use RST technology and made the switch to ICM, Inc. of suburban Wichita, Kan. "As we began working with the engineering and other aspects we realized that the RST technology was not ideal for the RP&L project," Payne said. "The ultimate answer is that for a number of technical reasons ICM was more likely to be financeable." "The two technologies are almost identical," said Harry Phillips, RP&L energy services director. "It's just that the technology in Kansas is more sophisticated.
"The Kentucky technology dealt specifically
with raw (municipal solid waste)," Phillips said. "The technology in Kansas actually separated, segregated and recycled the material. It's shredded, baled and sent to us."
The process
The process calls for the slow burn, or gasification, of bundled trash to create steam to power turbines and produce electricity. Emissions would be greatly reduced, as would the byproduct at the end of the process. Trash would be baled and prepared at its source and brought by rail to RP&L where it could be stacked until ready for use. Payne said Life Cycle Energy will make money through the sale of electric power, the sale of recycled material separated out prior to baling and through shared tipping fees. Payne said the company will build stations near landfills and will accept trash and split fees with the landfill operators. The trash will come to Life Cycle Energy on up to 40 train cars per day. "We are very close to securing letters of intent on that supply (of trash)," Payne said. "We'll need about 1,600 tons a day of (trash). To get that we need about 2,500 tons a day of raw bags of trash."
Payne said he is looking at markets for the trash along the East Coast of the U.S. and the South. Payne said preliminary emissions tests have been very positive. He said additional tests next week are expected to confirm emission reductions. "This will definitely be much cleaner than coal," he said. Stephanie Hays-Mussoni, executive director at the Cope Environmental Center near Centerville, said she supports the project. "We're really enthusiastic about it," she said. "We're pleased to know that they are working really hard to do the due diligence to make sure it works very well and will be a positive thing for our community."
The technology
The technology that will allow for the gasification and conversion of trash to power is not new. Jon Orr, capital sales manager in the gasification business unit at ICM, said it has been around since the late 1970s but was shelved when the price of oil dropped in the 1980s. He said ICM began using it when "we were looking to improve the energy efficiency of our plants." "We've run all kinds of materials and found that municipal solid waste is excellent for this," Orr said. "It's a great source of energy and it eliminates the space it would fill up in landfills. This allows that material to be
harnessed." ICM, Inc. a Colwich, Kan. company, provides technology and services essential to production in agricultural industries, especially the production of ethanol. The company has also been involved in advancements in renewable energies. Earlier this year, ICM partnered with Eisenmann Corporation to improve and deliver cleaner waste-to-energy technology. "We're very excited to be involved in this project," Orr said. "We're looking forward to helping bring it through to completion. This is a way to provide energy in a carbon neutral way." Adds Quinn, "We're moving ahead. It's a totally exciting project. It's the first plant of this type in the United States. It's something that's going to move Richmond to where we
want to be; a community that's thriving on engineering and technology."
Many pluses
The project has huge pluses: • The new company would become a customer of RP&L's and the building and the entire Life Cycle Energy property would go on the property tax rolls; • Officials expect a drastic reduction in emissions and almost minimal production of byproducts from the gasification
process; • No impact on local electric rates is expected; • Ten to 15 new jobs would be created. "This will not affect the reliability of electric service and our studies indicate there will be no rate increases due to energy from waste," Phillips said. "This process is going
to be seamless to the public. It's going to be business as usual except coal will not be part of the equation." RP&L routinely spends between $9 million and $12 million per year on coal. Saum said that unspent money will offset revenue lost when RP&L stops generating electric power. Quinn and others are hoping that trash from the Richmond Landfill can be used in the process, but Saum said "right now there's no plan to do that." "We're looking at different options but initially there won't be an avenue for that to happen," he said.
Staff writer Bill Engle: (765) 973-4481 or bengle@pal-item.com

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