Green Plains, Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRE)

CAPS Rating: 2 out of 5

As a low-cost ethanol producer, Green Plains also operates an independent third-party ethanol marketing service. Green Plains owns 51% of Blendstar, LLC, a Houston-based biofuel terminal operator with six facilities in five states. Green Plains' agribusiness segment operates grain storage facilities and complementary agronomy, feed, and fuel businesses in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota.

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Player Avatar puccini3005 (29.75) Submitted: 7/2/2009 6:03:50 PM : Underperform Start Price: $6.18 GPRE Score: +24.69

I'm a fan of renewable energy, but not ethanol. We need efficient, sustainable alternatives to oil, but ethanol is neither cost efficient nor energy efficient. Instead, it has the potential to drive up food prices and cause shortages.... Boooo on ethanol!
This may continue to rise in the short-term, but long term I don't expect ANY ethanol companies to do well. Ethanol will be abandoned for superior, efficient technologies.
Check out this article about VeraSun - interesting commentary on ethanol:
http://www.wikinvest.com/wiki/VeraSun_Energy

Member Avatar robotbugs (21.84) Submitted: 8/6/2010 1:46:51 PM
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It is not ethanol per se that is bad, as ethanol can be produced from a variety of non food sources. It is also a mandated gasoline additive whose use is set to expand in 2011. I believe that GPRE is trying to branch out into ethanol obtained from algea.

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