Green Plains BlendStar Ethanol Terminal Unloads First Unit Train

Green Plains BlendStar Ethanol Terminal Unloads First Unit Train

OMAHA, Neb., Dec. 19, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Green Plains Renewable Energy,
Inc. (Nasdaq:GPRE) announced today that BlendStar LLC, its wholly-owned
subsidiary, has completed construction and has begun operations at its 96-car
unit train terminal in Birmingham, Ala. The new terminal is served by the BNSF
Railway and has a throughput capacity of 300 million gallons of ethanol
annually.

"We are pleased to announce the start-up of operations at the Birmingham
terminal, which will provide more efficient distribution of ethanol to
underserved markets in the southeastern U.S.," said Todd Becker, President and
Chief Executive Officer of Green Plains. "We have unloaded the first unit
train of ethanol and expect the terminal to be at full capacity in January
2013. This facility expands our geographic footprint consistent with our
strategy to expand our downstream distribution capabilities."

The Birmingham terminal currently has 160,000 barrels of storage and a
four-lane covered truck rack, both with expansion capabilities.

About Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc.

Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq:GPRE) is North America's fourth
largest ethanol producer, which markets and distributes approximately one
billion gallons of renewable motor fuel annually. Green Plains owns and
operates grain storage assets in the corn belt and biofuel terminals in the
southern U.S. Green Plains is a joint venture partner in BioProcess Algae LLC,
which was formed to commercialize advanced photo-bioreactor technologies for
growing and harvesting algal biomass.

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CONTACT: Jim Stark, Vice President - Investor and Media Relations
         Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc.
         (402) 884-8700
 
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