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DOE Ethanol Workshop Series

Ethanol Workshop Series: Utah
Biofuels in Utah's Future: A Dialogue

May 10, 2001
Utah State Library
250 North 1950 West
Salt Lake City, Utah

Workshop Summary

In March 2001, Governor Mike Leavitt announced the state's new Energy Policy. In it he states his goal is that Utah's energy be reliable, affordable, sustainable and clean... a very appropriate backdrop for the Utah Ethanol Workshop held May 10 in Salt Lake City. It was unique and effective in its format. Only two people made formal presentations, and the balance of the workshop proceeded by exploring the varying knowledge bases and perspectives from the attendees.

John Ferrell, Director of the US DOE's Office of Fuels Development (OFD), gave an overview of the Administration's vision for increased use of biofuels, which will stimulate rural economy, while reducing dependence on imported energy. John Bennett, representing the Governor's Office of Planning & Budget, provided a comprehensive overview of the state of Utah's energy situation. Utah has the highest birth rate in the country and an acknowledged long life expectancy. It is estimated that the state's population will almost double by 2030. Already, the bulk of their energy is imported.

Through "extended" introductions of the attendees, a bounty of vital information was learned. Utah has a very active Clean Cities program. It has one carbon monoxide non-attainment area ¨C south of Salt Lake City. Diesel emissions are a high concern in Salt Lake City, and E-diesel and Biodiesel could play a critical role in reducing them. There is a proposed ethanol plant sited for the Uintah Basin. The workshop group stated that a low-cost renewable fuel that is reliable in supply and performance is needed that is efficient in its distribution system and lowers emissions. At the same time, it may help the rural economy.

At the conclusion of the intriguing dialogue, the group identified critical action items that need to be followed in order to maintain the momentum started by the workshop (those action items are noted at the bottom of this page). The State Energy Office, Bernell Loveridge and Lisa Yoder, will be the pivot point of activities and communications and, so-to-speak, be the champions of the Biofuels effort along with the Clean Cities Coalition, represented by Beverly Miller. A work group will be formed that will meet on a regular basis in order to achieve the goals set at the workshop.

Bioenergy Coordinator: Bernell Loveridge, Utah Office of Energy Services, Ph: 801-538-8768, Email: bloverid@dced.state.ut.us

Workshop Sponsored by:

Utah State Office of Energy Services
Salt Lake Clean Cities Coalition
U.S. Department of Energy, Western Regional Biomass Energy Program

For program information, please contact:

Bernell Loveridge Efficiency Program Manager
State of Utah, Office of Energy Services
Phone: 801-538-8768
Email: bloverid@dced.state.ut.us

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


May 10, 2001
Utah State Library

Workshp Action Items

Opportunities in Utah

  • There is a need for rural economic development
  • More in-state energy/fuel is desired, lessening dollars leaving the state
  • The very active Clean Cities Program encourages local use of clean fuels
  • There is a need for both Biodiesel and E-Diesel to help with emissions

Feedstocks in Utah
  • There is plenty of forest residue to use as feedstock
  • There is lots of MSW (even out-of-state)
  • There's quite a bit of grain in Uintah Basin
  • Box Elder County has field residues
  • When ready, the emerging Animal Waste ¡ú Methane ¡ú Ethanol can be implemented

  • Roosevelt Ethanol Plant Project is already studying the possibility of in-state production
  • In general, there are good electricity rates available
  • There is a great need to create more rural jobs and stop migration to the city
  • Farmers are seeking value-added opportunities
  • Productive use of waste is desired. Often ¡°wastes¡± are actually resources
  • Look for opportunities to build with synergisms to existing resources and/or retrofit

Environmental Drivers for Use of Ethanol-blended Options
  • Available are E10, E85, Biodiesel, E-Diesel.
  • Funds are available through Clean Cities for E85 fueling stations
  • There is concern about MTBE in the groundwater
  • Utah has four different air quality programs. It is a challenge to administrate.
  • There is concern about PM10

Some of the Requirements by the Users/Promoters
  • They want a low cost renewable fuel
  • It's necessary to have a reliable source of the fuel
  • It must result in low emissions
  • There must be an efficient distribution system available
  • There should be an effort to optimize the engine's efficiency
  • Using current infrastructure as much as possible would be a plus
  • It's required that there be long-term emission control

Some of the Needs in order to grow an Ethanol/Biofuels Industry in Utah
  • There is a definite need for state support
  • Education is imperative as misinformation can cause unnecessary use of time and effort
  • Low water crop research may help provide additional feedstocks in the state
  • The carbon sequestration issue should be addressed and accessed

Ideas to move things forward
  • Utah County Education in Utah County is very important as they are CO nonattainment and there are still concerns about performance in their cars.
  • It may be possible to institute a system penalties/ rewards for non-use/use to encourage choosing biofuels
  • Support continuance of Federal Legislation is important
  • State incentives that encourage the production of ethanol would go a long way toward making in-state production occur.
  • The Utah Grant Program may have funds to facilitate some projects/studies
  • It's necessary to develop a market/demand
  • Producers want guaranteed collaborations with local government in order to move forward
  • Any assistance securing Funding/financing would be appreciated

What can we do to make it happen?
  • Request State assistance to do resource assessment/feasibility study in order to demonstrate the viability of ethanol production in the state to legislators and other key agencies and stakeholders
  • Use the proposed plant state to prompt legislature support/interest

  • Educate Legislators in order to get their support
  • Use history of other states' experience
  • Legislate a producers credit or other incentive

  • Encourage Governor to join the Governors' Ethanol Coalition
  • Work with Governor's Task Force of Interns

Identify an agency/individual to champion the push
  • Community and Economic Development ¨C Lisa Yoder & Bernell Loveridge
  • Uses ¨C Beverly Miller
  • Utah's Energy office to serve as Follow-on Coordinator
  • A Biofuels/Ethanol Work Group will be formed that will meet often in order to keep the momentum rolling.

  8:30 AM - 9:00 AM     Registration and Continental Breakfast
  9:00 AM - 9:15 AM     Welcome
Bernell Loveridge, Efficiency Program Manager, State of Utah Office of Energy Services

Beverly Miller, Director, Salt Lake Clean Cities Coalition

  9:15 AM - 8:25 AM     Federal Bioenergy Initiative
John Ferrell, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fuels Development
  9:30 AM - 9:00 AM     The Vision
Use of biofuels in Utah today can create new opportunities for economic development, benefit the state’s environmental efforts, address Utah’s efforts toward energy independence.
  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM     Biofuels Opportunities in Utah: Utah Experts Talk
This session is uniquely designed to hear from workshop participants. Following introductions, participants will be engaged in discussion centering around such topics as:

The Big Energy and Biofuels Picture in Utah

Utah’s Current Efforts and Programs

Benefits of Biofuels

Production and Use of Biofuels, focusing on Ethanol

  12:00 PM - 1:00 AM     Lunch
  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM     What do I Want to see Happen in Utah
Participants will be guided through this session to develop a wish list for biofuel production and use in Utah. Opportunities, barriers and solutions will be identified.
  2:30 PM - 2:50 PM     Break
  2:50 PM - 2:25 PM     How do We Make it Happen in Utah?
A pathway will be developed that leads to a successful ethanol industry in Utah.
  3:30 PM - 4:00 PM     A Plan to Move Forward
This wrap-up session will challenge the group to identify what to do and in what time frame.
  4:00 PM    Adjourn

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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