The construction of an ethanol plant could create many Illinois construction jobs, as well as some other permanent jobs.
The State of Illinois recently announced that Illinois River Energy, LLC has received a $4 million Renewable Fuels Development grant through the state’s Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to help build a new ethanol production facility in Northern Illinois. The company, which is based in Ogle County, estimates the facility will cost more than $120 million to build and will create 120 construction jobs and 40 permanent jobs, as well as support the state’s drive for energy independence.
“By investing in ethanol and other renewable fuels, we are increasing our energy independence, creating jobs and helping to secure Illinois’ future,” Governor Rod R. Blagojevich said in a press release. “This new ethanol plant represents the next generation of ethanol production in Illinois – using less energy while producing less carbon emissions – and will be one of the cleanest and most efficient facilities in the country.”