East Coast Ethanol, LLC, which plans to build four corn-based fuel ethanol plants, announces that it will construct plants in Northampton County, NC; Chester County, SC; Wayne County, GA; and Jackson County, FL. The firm says that its $871 million investment would make it the foremost supplier of ethanol to the Southeast U.S. market. Construction of the plants is to begin spring of 2009 and operations are projected to begin in 2010.

The Energy Information Administration projects the Southeast ethanol market demand at 2.1 billion gallons/year of an E-10 ethanol blend.