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DOE Ethanol Workshop Series

Ethanol Workshop Series: Oregon
The Oregon Ethanol Forum: A Closer Look at Fuel Ethanol

May 8, 2001
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Valley River Inn
1000 Valley River Way
Eugene, Oregon

Workshop Summary

Eugene, Oregon, was the site of a very successful and informative Ethanol Workshop on May 8th entitled – "The Oregon Ethanol Forum: A Closer Look at Fuel Ethanol Issues." John White of the Oregon Energy Office, the workshop sponsor, led the program, and five key issues that shape public opinion about the use of ethanol fuel were explored. The issues – energy, sustainability, environment, health, and economics – were considered to be at the heart of the question of whether ethanol is a good automotive fuel alternative or additive to gasoline. Experts who have studied each of these topics presented their findings and answered any questions to the satisfaction of the audience demonstrating that ethanol can indeed play an important role in the mix of transportation fuels in Oregon. Bill Wells, CEO of Cascade Grain, also provided an update on the progress of Oregon’s first ethanol plant. A reception followed the workshop.

This was a follow-up to a workshop held in April of 2000 in Portland. A summary of the findings of the workshop is posted on the Oregon Energy Office’s website: http://www.energy.state.or.us/biomass/forum.htm

Bioenergy Coordinator: John G. White, Oregon Office of Energy, Ph: 503-378-3194, Ph: 800-221-8035, Fx: 503-373-7806, Email: John.white@state.or.us

Workshop Sponsors:
Oregon Office of Energy
Pacific Northwest & Alaska Regional Biomass Energy Program
U.S. Dept. Energy-Office of Fuels Development

For program information:
John White - Oregon Office of Energy

If you would like to be notified about the US DOE Ethanol Workshop Series Workshops, please provide your contact information to Anne Wester:

Anne Wester
Conference Planning Assistant
BBI International
PO Box 1146
Salida, Colorado 81201
Phone: 719-539-0300
Fax: 719-539-0301

  7:30 AM - 8:30 AM     Registration and Continental Breakfast
  8:30 AM - 8:40 AM     Introduction and Welcoming Remarks
John White, Forum Moderator, Oregon Office of Energy
  8:45 AM - 9:45 AM     Panel Discussion: ENERGY BALANCE & ETHANOL PRODUCTION
Production of transportation fuels requires energy. Although ethanol production has become much more energy efficient, current production still depends on the use of fossil fuel. How much fossil energy does it take to produce a gallon of ethanol?

Michael Wang, Argonne National Laboratory John Sheehan, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

  9:45 AM - 10:30 AM     Panel Discussion: SUSTAINABILITY & CROP PRODUCTION
About 95 percent of the fuel ethanol produced in the United States is made from corn. A large increase in the production of ethanol could have an impact on the ability of farmers to meet the food needs of an expanding world population. Is there enough crop land to produce food and fuel?

Mike Penner, Food Science and Technology Department, Oregon State University Representative, U.S. Department of Agriculture

  10:30 AM - 11:00 AM     Refreshment Break
  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM     Panel Discussion: GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS & ETHANOL USE
In the United States, transportation produces about 26 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions that may alter global climate. How does ethanol reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

Gary Whitten, IFC Consulting

Don O¹Connor, S&T; Squared Consulting

  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM     Lunch
  1:00 PM - 2:15 PM     Panel Discussion: HEALTH & REFORMULATED GASOLINE
Tailpipe emissions from automobiles pollute the air and threaten public health. The federal reformulated gasoline program requires additives to make the fuel burn more cleanly. The additive MTBE threatens drinking water, but using ethanol raises fuel volatility. What is the overall effect of ethanol on air quality?

David Andress, David Andress & Associates, Inc.

Howard Haines, Montana Department of Natural Resources

  2:15 PM - 2:30 PM     Refreshment Break
  2:30 PM - 3:30 PM     Panel Discussion: ETHANOL ECONOMICS: COSTS & BENEFITS
Producers of ethanol from corn depend on a federal tax credit to compete with gasoline. The technology to make ethanol from lower-cost cellulose materials is not yet commercially proven. Other alternatives are emerging, including hybrid gasoline/electric and fuel cell vehicles. How well can ethanol compete economically with gasoline and the emerging alternatives?

Mike McCormack, California Energy Commission

Bill Wells, Cascade Grain

  3:30 PM - 4:00 PM     Open Forum Discussion
Conference participants will have an opportunity for dialogue on the issues.
  4:00 PM    Wrap-Up and Adjournment
  4:15 PM - 5:30 PM     Reception

About the Programs

Renewable Diesel Workshops:
NREL Goals: ..."to educate key public officials and the general public about biodiesel as a transportation fuel" and ..."to build state and local coalitions that would form the nuclei of a support group that would promote and eventually lead to local biodiesel production and use."

Ethanol Producers' Technical Workshops:
Perspectives from ethanol producers, production technology providers, and government researchers. Those in attendance were given the task of exploring the challenges and opportunities presented by combining cellulosic ethanol streams with existing grain streams.

US DOE Ethanol Workshop Series:
A series of one-day, state-level workshops to educate key public officials and the general public about ethanol as a transportation fuel.

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