Wisconsin-based Renew Energy LLC is the latest ethanol producer to file for bankruptcy protection, as bloodletting in the renewable fuels industry continues to spread.
Renew sought protection from creditors for its
"Capital was already stretched as a result of start-up delays and operational problems that stemmed from numerous design flaws," CEO Jeff White said in prepared statement.
The plant has a capacity of 130 million gallons per year, and found financing to operate at reduced levels, White said. The company earlier in the month cut production rates and laid off a fifth of its workers.
Documents filed in bankruptcy court reported indicate the company owes creditors $100 million to $500 million. The filing gives Renew time to try to work out its debt or find a buyer for the plant.