ConAgra drops Clovis ethanol plan on costs

ConAgra looks to have pulled out of a plan to build an ethanol plant in Clovis, New Mexico, because the price of corn and water would have been too high, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

Corn you can expect, but this is the first time that I’ve seen the cost of water as a reason not to build a plant. But then New Mexico is pretty dry.

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3 Responses to ConAgra drops Clovis ethanol plan on costs

  1. Gregory 11 February, 2008 at 4:20 am #

    Someone from Clovis told me it had mostly to do with infrastructure cost, and that somehow the site had homes built around it already (?) and neighbors complained.

    Either way, corn is passe. There is enough cheap acreage and dry land feedstock in Eastern New Mexico for 2-3 next generation biofuel plants.

  2. Biofuelsimon 11 February, 2008 at 9:41 am #

    permitting may have been one of the issues, but also in the story by the Albuquerque Journal, they mentioned the cost of water.

  3. Matt Gustke 14 November, 2008 at 3:18 pm #

    Please check out the New Mexico Renewable Energy Forums, this is a great source of information about renewable energy in our great state. The website is at

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