Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
June 3, 2008
Camilla-- Is ethanol the fuel of the future? 800 investors in a huge Southwest Georgia ethanol plant hope so.
First United Ethanol LLC, or FUEL, is set to begin production in the Fall. The $185-million project will produce 100 million gallons of ethanol per year and hopefully help ease our dependence on foreign oil.
What a difference time can make. "It's been a lot of time, money and effort," said Murray Campbell.
In January 2005, it was all just a dream for Murray Campbell. Now it's all forming before his eyes. "Everything that you can see above ground over there has happened since last April," said Campbell.
The Chief Executive Officer of First United Ethanol LLC is quick to show off what's taking place on the thousands of acres of dirt in Mitchell County. "We have two and a half million bushels of grain storage silos. Those are concrete silos," said Campbell pointing out sections of the plant.
The concrete silos he points out are part of a process that will convert corn into ethanol. The vision for the plant began in response to rising fuel prices, way before they got this bad.
"We're facing some real challenges in the world," said Campbell. So is ethanol the cure?
"The impact of the 9-billion gallons of ethanol being produced right now has a direct impact on the price of gasoline," said Campbell. Campbell hopes this multi-million dollar project will help with that impact.
"Most of the ten cities in Southwest Georgia have 10 percent ethanol blends available in them right now and we're going to start sending this out to the terminals in Bainbridge, terminals in Albany, terminals in Montgomery, Alabama and maybe on up to Atlanta," said Campbell.
What will be a fast source of production at the plant are rails. Trains will be able to bring corn in locally and from as far away as Ohio. "We're going to bring in a lot of corn on rail once we get up to running," said Campbell.
But some question if using corn for ethanol is driving up food prices. Citing a recent report, Murray says the affect is very minimal at about 3-percent. "We're not using up the corn. We're adding value to it," said Campbell.
That projected value should start being produced by October, followed by full production a few weeks later. That's why busy work will continue at the plant in preparation of turning fuel dreams into fruition.
There are also some other benefits to the plant. About a third of what the plant produces will be a by-product that can be used as feed for cows and chickens. The plant will also produce 200,000 tons of carbon dioxide that will be captured and sold. It's very clean and can be used in soft drinks and food processing.