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June 5, 2017


Via EDGAR Correspondence


Securities and Exchange Commission
Division of Corporation Finance
100 F Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20549
Attention: Kathryn McHale


  Re: Acceleration of Effective Date

Pacific Ethanol, Inc.

Amendment No. 1 to Form S-3, Filed June 2, 2017

File No. 333-217323


Ladies and Gentleman:


Pacific Ethanol, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the “Company”) hereby requests, pursuant to Rule 461(a) of Regulation C, that the above-referenced Registration Statement be declared effective on June 8, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, or as soon as practicable thereafter. The Company acknowledges that:


·should the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) or the staff, acting pursuant to delegated authority, declare the filing effective, it does not foreclose the Commission from taking any action with respect to the filing;


·the action of the Commission or the staff, acting pursuant to delegated authority, in declaring the filing effective, does not relieve the Company from its full responsibility for the adequacy and accuracy of the disclosure in the filing; and


·the Company may not assert the declaration of effectiveness as a defense in any proceeding initiated by the Commission or any person under the federal securities laws of the United States.


Very truly yours,




By: /s/ CHRISTOPHER W. WRIGHT                 

          Christopher W. Wright

          Vice President and General Counsel