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Fuel

Potent potential for ethanol?

Poet Biorefining has four more Indiana ethanol plants on the drawing board, but they'll stay on paper until capital markets and demand for the biofuel improve, an executive of the South Dakota company said on a recent trip to Indianapolis
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Volatile prices take a toll on gas station owners

Last year's record-high fuel prices played a big role in a rash of shuttered gas stations in Indianapolis. The number of gas stations nationwide has slipped from about 200,000 in the 1990s to fewer than 160,000 today. In Indiana, the count has dropped from 3,500 to about 3,000.
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Local engineering firm backing effort to turn garbage into ethanol

Indianapolis-based engineering and consulting giant RW Armstrong has become lead investor in an upstart ethanol firm that would apply novel technology to make the automotive fuel without using corn as the key ingredient. It would be the first big commercial plant in Indiana to make the alcohol fuel with so-called cellulosic material--the holy grail, of sorts, in the ethanol industry.
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Road getting bumpy for ethanol plants

The list of potential Hoosier ethanol plants is nothing short of astounding for a state that had just one ethanol-fuel distillery as recently as 2005. Beyond the six ethanol plants now operating and six others under construction, Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt counts 27 others under consideration for Indiana.
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