Western Plains Energy, L.L.C. (WPE) is a Kansas limited liability company formed on July 10, 2001 to build and operate an ethanol production facility in Gove County, Kansas. WPE was organized by a group of local individuals to promote economic development in northwest Kansas. The initial construction of the plant commenced in April of 2003 and was completed by early January 2004.
Production started in the middle of January 2004, producing fuel grade ethanol as well as distillerís dry and wet grains. The feedstock of corn and milo is procured from local farmers, of which some are members, and local commercial grain elevators.
The plant was designed and built by ICM of Colwich, Kansas with Fagen as a major subcontractor. The original plant was a 30,000,000 gallon faceplate design which was increased to 40,000,000 gallons as part of an expansion in 2005. As of September 30, 2011, WPE is producing at the rate of approximately 50,000,000 gallons of denatured ethanol annually. POET Ethanol Products markets WPEís ethanol. Tim Lehman, WPE's Distillers Merchandiser, markets the distillerís grain.
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