The first shipments of cellulosic ethanol produced at a commercial scale should be available soon according INEOS Bio, which owns the facility in Florida that is making the next generation fuel. The company said late last month that its Indian River BioEnergy Center is now generating cellulosic ethanol at commercial pace using gasification and fermentation technology applied to vegetative and wood waste. It will ultimately have an annual output of eight million gallons of cellulosic ethanol and six megawatts of renewable power.

Wheat straw and biomass grown on marginal land or even conservation program acres could be excellent feedstocks for cellulosic ethanol, producing a new source of income for farmers and clean, renewable fuel to offset America's total oil consumption. More about the INEOS facility's milestone is at