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Feedstock for Sierra BioFuels Plant

artist's concept of Fulcrum BioEnergy's Sierra BioFuels Plant
Sierra BioFuels will convert 90,000 tons of MSW into 10.5 million gallons of ethanol per year.
Fulcrum BioEnergy

Fulcrum BioEnergy now has two suppliers of post-sorted municipal solid waste for its Sierra BioFuels Plant, the company’s first commercial-scale production facility for converting waste into low carbon ethanol, renewable electricity, and other high value chemical products. Fulcrum will receive feedstock from Waste Connections of California and Waste Management of Nevada.

Waste Connections’ President, Steve Bouck, said, “We are proud to be a part of this exciting renewable energy project. The Sierra BioFuels Plant is an example of how companies can work together to create economically and environmentally responsible solid waste management solutions and convert waste into a resource for clean energy.”

Waste Management’s Greg Martinelli commented, “By increasing the diversion of local waste, we are demonstrating a continued commitment to the environment and to the Northern Nevada community we serve.”

Earlier this year, Fulcrum launched engineering activities with Fluor on the fully-permitted Sierra BioFuels Plant. With commercial operations planned for late 2012, the project is expected to be the Nation’s first commercial-scale production facility for converting post-sorted MSW into ethanol, renewable electricity, and propanol, a high-value chemical product used as an industrial solvent and chemical intermediate.

Located in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center outside of Reno, Nevada in Storey County, the Sierra BioFuels Plant is scheduled to enter construction immediately creating more than 500 green jobs. When it begins commercial operations in late 2012, the plant will process household garbage into 10.5 million gallons of ethanol annually, providing the Northern Nevada market with a much needed low-cost, reliable, and environmentally clean source of transportation fuel.

Last month, Fulcrum announced that the Sierra BioFuels Plant was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to advance to the final phase of the DOE’s Loan Guarantee Program. Fulcrum has received a detailed term sheet and has begun the negotiation process with a goal of closing and funding the loan during the first quarter of 2011.

The Sierra BioFuels Plant is the first of several projects that Fulcrum is developing across North America. With a pipeline of opportunities that have a future capacity to produce over one billion gallons of ethanol annually, Fulcrum’s process will produce low carbon ethanol that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 75% compared to traditional gasoline production and mitigates our country’s dependence on foreign oil.

Based in Pleasanton, California, Fulcrum BioEnergy is emerging as a leading company in the development of the next-generation of ethanol production in the United States. The privately-held company focuses on developing, owning, and operating efficient, environmentally responsible facilities for converting municipal solid waste and other waste products to a much needed low-cost, reliable and environmentally clean renewable transportation fuel. Fulcrum BioEnergy is on track to become one of the first companies to commercially produce ethanol from municipal solid waste, creating a reliable domestic source of renewable fuels, reducing the Nation’s dependence on foreign oil, lowering greenhouse gas emissions and relieving the pressure on existing and future landfills.

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