Economic impact of cellulosic ethanol production in Treutlen County
McKissick, John C.
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A proposed operation for wood cellulosic ethanol production in Treutlen County would lead to economic activity throughout Georgia. Ethanol will be produced by utilizing wood waste and residue from harvested Georgia timber as a feedstock. With a large timber industry, cellulosic ethanol technology makes Georgia a highly desirable location for alternative energy production. Construction of a plant for wood cellulosic ethanol production in Treutlen County would create a one-time economic impact leading to $19.5 million in labor income for 489 jobs in Georgia. Operation of the plant would create an annual $105.7 million output impact in Treutlen County. Total labor income of $5.8 million would be created annually for 194 jobs in the county. Local governments in the county would receive $498,781 annually in tax revenues due to ethanol production, not including taxes on ethanol sales. Regional impacts for an area of 18 counties including Treutlen County lead to a labor income impact of $13.6 million for 432 jobs in the region. Production at the plant would generate a total output impact of $150.3 million for the state economy. Employees in Georgia would earn $17.6 million in wages and benefits for 444 jobs. The state treasury would receive $1.6 million annually, and local treasuries throughout the state would receive $1.3 million from operations related to ethanol production.