(Supervisors approve a new development)…It is the California Ethanol and Power Project.
The Supervisors held a public hearing to consider several resolutions that would allow the project to move forward. The Project would be constructed on 110 acres in the Keystone Industrial Park, north of Keystone Road, between Highway 86 and Highway 111. Officials with the project said they would employee up to 800 people during construction, create over 400 permanent positions once the plant is operational. The Project would create Ethanol gas from Sugar Came and Sorghum. The biomass would be used to develop methane gas, with the remnants of the biomass would be used to develop fertilizer. They have negotiated with local growers to farm the Sugar Cane and Sorghum needed. The Supervisors approved all the required resolutions unanimously. They expressed relief that the Industrial Park would have its first tenant. They said it was hoped this would attract more heavy industry to the area.