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DOE Ethanol Workshop Series

Ethanol: Driving North Carolina's Energy, Economic and Environmental Future

June 4, 2001
The Museum of History
Raleigh, North Carolina


The North Carolina Ethanol Workshop, held June 4th in Raleigh, benefited from the strong participation of state agencies and legislators. Following a morning of presentations by experts who provided an overview of the significance of ethanol production and use, representatives of state agencies explained their perspectives on the idea of developing an ethanol industry in the state. Ralph Groschen, who helped develop the nationally recognized Minnesota Model, then explained how situations in the two states may be different, yet there are similarities that could be utilized by North Carolina as they begin to develop their own program. The final session was an outstanding panel consisting of state legislators who made very supportive statements.

Representative Joe Tolson, Vice Chair, Energy Policy Council and Co-Chair, House, Science & Technology Committee stated, “I want to move the effort to develop the production and use of renewable energy forward in North Carolina.” Representative Pryor Gibson, Chair, House Environment & Natural Resources Committee said, “The days of energy policy being shaped by energy policy alone are over. Energy policy must now be sensitive to environmental, agricultural and economic betterment as well.” Senator Hamilton Horton, Jr., Member, Energy Policy Council and Member, Senate Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resource Committee observed, “We have 16,000 school buses in the state…why aren’t they running on ethanol?” Senator Ellie Kinnaird, Member, Energy Policy Council and Member, Senate Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resource Committee: “We need to start thinking out of the box when it comes to our energy policy. The nudge for ethanol in my opinion is clean air.”

The legislative session really set the tone for the continuance of the effort in NC to promote the use of ethanol. The determination of all parties involved strongly indicates that something will happen as a result of this workshop.

Bioenergy Coordinator:
Larry Shirley, State Energy Office
Ph: 919-733-1889, Larry.Shirley@ncmail.net

Sponsored by:

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fuels Development
Southeastern Regional Biomass Energy Program
North Carolina State Energy Office

For program information, please contact:
Larry Shirley
North Carolina State Energy Office
Raleigh, NC 27604
Phone: 919-733-1889
Email: larry.shirley@ncmail.net

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

  8:30 AM    Registration and Continental Breakfast
  9:00 AM    Welcome
Gwynn T. Swinson –Secretary, Department of Administration
  9:20 AM    The Federal Bioenergy Initiative and a Biomass Consortium: Visions for Greater Self-Reliance
  • Ann Hegnauer – Program Manager, Regional Biomass Energy program, Office of Fuels Development, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Kathy Baskin – Director, Southern States Energy Board
  9:35 AM    Ethanol 101: A Primer on the How, When and Why of Ethanol
  • Ed Stahl - Ethanol Specialist, DFI Group
  • Marlene Mueller – Scientist, Technical Service, Novozymes NA, Inc.
  10:10 AM    The Significance of Ethanol on the Environment and the Economy
  • Environment - David Andress – David Andress & Associates, Inc.
  • Economy - Pam Tetarenko, Senior Technical Associate, BBI International
  10:40 AM - 11:00 AM     The In-State Economic Impact of an Ethanol Industry
Pam Tetarenko, Senior Technical Associate, BBI International
  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM     Feedstock Opportunities using North Carolina’s Resources
Cellulosic Feedstocks -- Andy Aden, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Hog Waste-to-Ethanol Research -- Dr. Jeanne Koger – Title, North Carolina State University

Sweet Potatoes – a new option -- Ed Stahl, DFI Group

  12:00 PM - 1:15 PM     Lunch & Featured Speaker:
Eric Vaughn, President and CEO, Renewable Fuels Association
  1:15 PM - 2:00 PM     State Agencies Discuss their Perspectives of Ethanol’s Role in the State
Department of Agriculture -- Commissioner Phipps (invited)

Department of Commerce -- TBA


Administration – Fleets and Energy -- Carlton Myrick – Deputy Secretary (invited)

Department of Transportation – TBA

  2:00 PM - 2:45 PM     Case Study – Learning from other States in order to Facilitate the Transition In North Carolina
Ralph Groschen – Marketing Specialist, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  2:45 PM - 3:00 PM     Fuel Ethanol Incentive Programs in other States
Ann Tazewell – Coordinator, Triangle Clean Cities Coalition
  3:00 PM - 3:30 PM     Legislative Panel: Ideas, Thoughts & Recommendations
Representative Joe Tolson, Co-Chair- Energy Policy Council (invited)

Representative Pryor Gibson, North Carolina House of Representatives

  3:30 PM - 4:00 PM     Where Do We Go From Here?
Discussion Leader: Larry Shirley, Director, State Energy Office, Department of Administration
  4:00 PM    Closing Comments 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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