SOURCE: BlueFire Ethanol

September 17, 2008 14:09 ET

BlueFire Ethanol to Present at William Blair & Company's Second Annual Small-Cap Growth Stock Conference

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - September 17, 2008) - BlueFire Ethanol Fuels, Inc. (OTCBB: BFRE), a company changing the world's transportation fuel paradigm through the production of ethanol from non-food cellulosic wastes, has been invited to present at William Blair & Company's Second Annual Small-Cap Growth Stock Conference to be held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on Tuesday, October 7, 2008.

BlueFire Ethanol Chairman and CEO Arnold Klann is scheduled to make a presentation to the general session at 2:40 p.m. Eastern Time. The presentation will be webcast and available for 30 days at http://wsw.com/webcast/blair14/bfre.

The conference will feature senior officers from 75 small-cap growth companies presenting corporate overviews and insights to investors and the financial community. In addition to the general session presentations, corporate officers will have break-out and one-on-one meetings with investors. William Blair & Company expects around 500 clients to attend the conference.

Klann will discuss how the company is deploying its patented and proven Concentrated Acid Hydrolysis Technology Process for the profitable conversion of cellulosic waste materials to ethanol. Cellulosic ethanol from widely available waste materials will provide for ethanol's ability to significantly and sustainably become an important component of our nation's domestic energy supply.

BlueFire Ethanol will create geographic flexibility in the location of production plants by using locally available cellulosic wastes bringing the benefits of ethanol to every state in our nation while helping to solve limited landfill space and creating regional economic development.

BlueFire Ethanol recently received its Condition Use Permit from Los Angeles County Regional Planning for its first ethanol biorefinery in Lancaster, California. The Lancaster facility will use post-sorted cellulosic wastes diverted from landfills in Southern California to produce fuel-grade ethanol.

The company was also awarded $40 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for construction of a second plant also in Southern California, and has received the first installment of funding from the DOE for the development of the BlueFire Mecca, LLC plant in Southern California.

About William Blair & Company

William Blair & Company, L.L.C. is a Chicago-based investment firm offering investment banking, asset management, equity research, institutional and private brokerage, and private capital to individual, institutional, and issuing clients. Since 1935, the firm has been committed to helping clients achieve their financial objectives. As an independent, employee-owned firm, William Blair & Company's philosophy is to serve its clients' interests first and foremost. The firm places a high value on the enduring nature of its client relationships, the quality of its products and services, and the continuity and integrity of its people. Offices include Chicago, Boston, London, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Zurich. For more information, please visit www.williamblair.com.

About BlueFire Ethanol

BlueFire Ethanol Fuels, Inc. is deploying the first commercially ready, patented, and proven Concentrated Acid Hydrolysis Technology Process for the profitable conversion of cellulosic ("Green Waste") waste materials to ethanol, a viable alternative to gasoline. BlueFire is the only cellulose-to-ethanol company worldwide with demonstrated production of ethanol from urban trash (post-sorted MSW), rice and wheat straws, wood waste and other agricultural residues. BlueFire Ethanol is one of six ethanol companies awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Energy for a planned ethanol production facility using cellulosic wastes diverted from landfills in Southern California. The facility will produce approximately 17 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year from green waste, wood waste and other cellulosic urban wastes. For more information, go to www.BlueFireEthanol.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements about BlueFire Ethanol, Inc.'s expectations, including future revenues and earnings, and all other statements in this press release other than historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and as the term is defined in the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995. BlueFire's actual results could differ materially from expected results. BlueFire undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequently occurring events or circumstances. Should events occur which materially affect any comments made within this press release; BlueFire will appropriately inform the public.

Contact Information

  • Company contact:
    Rigel Stone
    BlueFire Ethanol Fuels, Inc.
    Email Contact
    949.588.3767, ext. 404

    Investor Contact:
    Scott Kitcher
    Liolios Group, Inc.
    Email Contact
    949.574.3860

    Media Contact:
    Laura Finlayson
    Avalanche Strategic Communications
    Email Contact
    201.488.0049