Pacific Ethanol, Inc., has announced that effective March 30, 2005, former California Secretary of State Bill Jones was appointed as a director and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company.

Jones founded the Company's wholly-owned subsidiary, Pacific Ethanol California, Inc., in January 2003, putting into action his commitment to renewable fuels and the important role he believes they will play in California as well as the rest of the United States. Jones stepped off the board of Pacific Ethanol California, Inc. in March of 2004 to focus on his candidacy for California's United States Senate seat.

Pacific Ethanol CEO Neil Koehler welcomed Jones back to the Board. "We're glad to have Bill back serving as the Chairman and leader of a very dynamic team. Bill has the vision and leadership, knows how to execute and deliver, and will keep the Company focused on its mission of becoming the West Coast's leader in renewable fuels," said Koehler.

Source: Company Release