Some ethanol plants in central Nebraska are temporarily shutting down because the industry's profitability has been so low recently that they can't afford to operate continuously.
The Abengoa plants in Ravenna and York are two of the plants shutting down. Chris Standlee, spokesman for Abengoa says that Ravenna's plant has about 50 people working there, but currently no staffing decisions have been made.
Standlee says that he doesn't know when the plants will reopen, and that market conditions will determine when the company can reopen the plants.
Steve Sorum, ethanol projects manager for the Nebraska Ethanol Board, says other ethanol plants across Nebraska are also operating sporadically. He says one plant at Sutherland didn't process any fuel at all last year.