Pacific Ethanol, a producer of low-carbon renewable fuels, is planning to resume operations at a 60 million gallon per year ethanol facility in Stockton, California, in December 2010.

Earlier this month, the approval of the California State Budget for 2010 through 2011 provided funding for the California Ethanol Producer Incentive Program (CEPIP) for which the Stockton and Madera facilities are eligible.

CEPIP is designed to provide payments to eligible operating California ethanol producers under specific, unfavorable ethanol corn-crush margin conditions.

Pacific Ethanol president and CEO Neil Koehler said that resuming production at the Stockton facility allows the company to help meet the growing demand for high-value California-produced ethanol.