Job Creation, Air Pollution Reduction and Lower Carbon Emissions Support the Waiver
CUPERTINO, CA – January 17, 2019 – Aemetis, Inc. (“Aemetis” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) awarded the Aemetis Riverbank Advanced Biofuels Project an exclusion from the payment of California sales and use taxes valued at $12.7 million. The CAEATFA financial assistance program provides for up to $100 million per year of California state funding support for projects that enhance job creation and advance other state goals, including reducing air pollution, improving the environment and lowering carbon emissions.
“We appreciate the work by the CAEATFA staff and board in reviewing the Aemetis Riverbank Advanced Biofuels Project near Modesto and providing a significant contribution towards the construction of the plant,” stated Eric McAfee, Chairman and CEO of Aemetis. “The sales and use taxes exemption program is important to the growth of investment and jobs in California. The Aemetis Riverbank Advance Biofuels Project is fortunate to be selected as a recipient of about 12% of the program’s funding for year 2018.”
“Each year California produces about 3 billion pounds of waste almond and walnut wood from 1.5 million orchard acres,” McAfee noted. “Instead of burning this wood waste, as well as vineyard, forest, construction and other wood waste, the Aemetis Riverbank plant is designed to convert the waste biomass into ethanol that is needed to meet California air quality mandates.”
The CAEATFA award is an exemption from California sales and use taxes that would otherwise be due on purchases for the construction of the planned $175 million cellulosic ethanol plant at the former Riverbank ammunition plant in Riverbank, California. The tax exemption directly reduces the amount of funding required to construct the Riverbank facility.
Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Aemetis is an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of innovative technologies that replace traditional petroleum-based products by the conversion of ethanol and biodiesel plants into advanced biorefineries. Founded in 2006, Aemetis owns and operates a 60 million gallon per year ethanol production facility in California’s Central Valley, near Modesto. Aemetis also owns and operates a 50 million gallon per year renewable chemical and advanced fuel production facility on the East Coast of India producing high quality distilled biodiesel and refined glycerin for customers in India, the US and Europe. Aemetis operates a research and development laboratory, and holds a portfolio of patents and related technology licenses for the production of renewable fuels and biochemicals. For additional information about Aemetis, please visit www.aemetis.com.
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