The ethanol plant in Levelland is drawing some nationwide attention. The plant employs a type of energy savings that goes right along with President Elect Barack Obama's energy plan.
What makes the Levelland Hockley County Ethanol plant so unique is the fact that it uses 100% local grain sorghum or milo to produce its ethanol.
Its harvest time and fields of milo cover southwest Levelland. In Hockley County, this crop is the main ingredient to produce ethanol fuel, which is commonly created from corn in other areas. This eliminates shipping corn in for production and uses a non food source. Other ethanol plants may use some milo, but it is very rare for an entire plant to use just this crop. A syndicated television show called Our Planet that airs on MSNBC and Fox Business Channel are featuring the ethanol plant for an upcoming story.
"We're shooting it now because now is harvest season for grain sorghum and they want to do a story on how grain sorghum, sweet sorghum, and cellulosic sorghum are a really good fit for renewable fuels for the present and for the future," explained Communications Director for National Sorghum Producers Hannah Lipps.
Once the ethanol is created in the plant, it is picked up by companies who take it to blending tanks in Lubbock so it can be blended with gasoline. It is then sold to filling stations. "Every station I've gone to in Lubbock you'll see it and what it will say is that it does contain 10% ethanol and some will say it may contain up to 10% ethanol and I think you'll see that starting to grow," said General Manager of Levelland Hockley County Ethanol Sam Sacco.
When using a gasoline that has ethanol in it, although your gas mileage might not be as high, it is cheaper and more energy efficient.
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