MENLO PARK, Calif., June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Milling,
California's largest grain milling company, and Khosla Ventures, a venture
assistance and venture capital firm, today announced the formation of
Cilion. Cilion will operate modular, standardized 55 million gallons per
year ethanol plants. Using a variety of innovations these plants will be
cheaper and greener than standard corn-to-ethanol plants, substantially
reducing the need for fossil fuels in ethanol production. Cilion plans to
have 8 plant units in production by 2008 for a total of 440 million gallons
per year capacity. The first three plants are expected to be in California.
The ethanol production, grain handling, logistics and feed expertise of
Western Milling combined with the company building and financial expertise
of Khosla Ventures will provide Cilion with a unique advantage.
According to Western Milling President Kevin Kruse, "Our technology and
years of experience will allow our plants to have an energy balance
advantage that is 2X that of gasoline. In addition we expect a greater than
90% reduction in petroleum use. The bottom line is that Cilion will be able
to produce environmentally friendlier ethanol in California at a lower cost
than ethanol produced in the traditional Midwest corn ethanol plants and
delivered to California."
Added Kruse, "When fully operational, ethanol produced by Cilion is
expected to be price competitive per mile driven with gasoline even if oil
prices drop to $40 per barrel, assuming normal gasoline distribution
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently issued Executive
Order S-06-06 establishing targets for the use and production of biomass
products. The executive order called for California to produce a minimum of
twenty percent of its own biofuels by 2010 and forty percent by 2020. Of
the 900 million gallons of ethanol currently consumed in California, only
five percent is produced in California.
"Cilion will be able to single-handedly produce all of the ethanol that
the Governor has ordered for 2010, based on current consumption," according
to Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures. "Governor Schwarzenegger wants twenty
percent of all ethanol consumed in California to be homegrown, and we are
confident that Cilion can achieve that goal in its first three California
plants, comprising four 55 million gallons per year units, that will be
operational by early 2008."
About Khosla Ventures
Khosla Ventures offers venture assistance, strategic advice and capital
to entrepreneurs. The firm helps entrepreneurs extend the potential of the
Internet to new markets such as mobile and supports breakthrough scientific
work such as bio refineries. Vinod Khosla founded the firm in 2004. Vinod
has been labeled the #1 VC by Forbes and Fortune recently labeled him as
one of the nation's most influential ethanol advocates, noting "there are
venture capitalists, and then there's Vinod Khosla." The firm's capital
comes entirely from its own partners and a portion of all profits are
donated to charitable causes, with an emphasis on micro-finance, education,
and the environment. Khosla Ventures is based in Menlo Park, California.
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