Nebraska company to test its corn-plant biofuel

A Gretna company intends to test its corn-pellet fuel at Omaha Public Power District's north Omaha plant.

Next Step Biofuels, Inc., says 2,200 tons of its PowerPellets will replace up to 5 percent of the coal burned in one of the plant's boilers for a month.

The fuel is made from corn stover-stalks, cobs and leaves gleaned from cornfields after harvest. The test is scheduled to begin Aug. 15.

Company literature says PowerPellets can help generate cost-effective electricity using renewable crop waste.