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An estimated work force of 60 to 125 persons will be needed to operate a 60 million
liters per year (15.85 million gallons per year) plant (Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
June 1981). Estimates of work force size for larger facilities are unavailable.
22.214.171.124.7 Community Services
The influx of workers, particularly during construction, is expected to
impact the ability of local government to provide public services. Some of this impact
will be temporary. Because the main source of income for counties in the San Luis
Valley is the property tax, however, government's ability to finance expanded services
may lag behind the need. The capacity of rural school systems is of particular concern
(Oak Ridge National Laboratory, June 1981).
126.96.36.199.8 Visual Impact
The overall appearance of the proposed ethanol plant and geothermal
wellfield will be horizontal. All of the permanent buildings will be one-story. Although
the wellfield will be visually evident during the drilling phase, during operations the
well height will be about 3 feet. The distillation column and grain silos will be about
65-75 feet high. Potatoes will be stored outside kept in below-ground pits. Any indus-
trial development in the rural areas of the San Luis Valley is likely to have a strong
visual impact. One consideration in selecting a site should be the effect of the plant on
visually sensitive areas (see Figure 3-13).
188.8.131.52.9 Community Acceptance
Community attitudes toward geothermal development in the Valley
appear to be favorable. In a recent report evaluating geothermal energy potential for
the San Luis Valley (Coe, 1980), reference is made to an economic development ques-
tionnaire posited to the San Luis Valley Council of Governments (SLVCOG).
A compilation of the results of the questionnaire ranks economic proj-
ects in priority order. Among the high priority projects are the preservation of the
agricultural industry, development of agricultural processing plants, and alternative
energy development. Specifically, the goal of new or expanded agricultural resource/
energy plants ranked 12th out of the 28 economic categories evaluated. New agricul-
ture commodity processing firms as a means of developing the local economy was near
the top of the list, ranking 4th in SLVCOG's list of priorities. Priorities 1 and 2 cen-
tered on agricultural and community water projects, obviously reflecting local concern
for preserving this resource. From the above, it may be inferred that the community
would welcome an ethanol operation utilizing the agricultural commodities of the
region as well as an alternative energy resource. Furthermore, if the feedstocks
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Hewlett, E.M.; Erickson, M.V.; Ferguson, C.D.; Sherwood, P.B.; Boswell, B.S.; Walter, K.M. et al. Commercial production of ethanol in the San Luis Valley, Colorado. Final Report, report, July 1, 1983; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc874948/m1/92/: accessed January 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.