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MONDAY JUNE 25, 20006 - MADERA, CA Pacific Ethanol employee Bacilio Ochoa at the Pacific Ethanol plant for starch-based feed stock ethanol under construction near Madera, Calif. on Monday, June 25, 2006. Ethanol is a viable fuel additive replacement for the octane increasing Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) which is being banned across the country. A cleaner-burning fuel than gasoline, an 85 percent ethanol fuel called E85, can also power flexible-fuel vehicles. Ethanol manufacture and demand are concentrated in the midwest...The Pacific Ethanol plant, the largest on the west coast and one of five western plants to be built, is scheduled to go online at the end of 2006. The company intends to use the plant's location, in California's Central Valley, to its advantage as the area is rich in farmland and dairies which are likely to buy the plant's by-product of distiller's grain for consumption by dairy cattle.
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