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DOE Ethanol Workshop Series

Texas Ethanol Workshop
Renewable Fuels for Rural Economic Development & Clean Air in Texas - A Rural-Urban Partnership

December 14, 2001
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

J.J. Pickle Research Campus: University of Texas-Austin
10100 Burnet Road, Bldg. 133
Austin, Texas

The last workshop for the year 2001 of the US DOE, Office of Fuels Development, widely acclaimed Ethanol Workshop Series was held in Austin, Texas on December 14, 2001. There is tremendous interest in developing an ethanol production industry in the state while increasing the use of ethanol in gasoline and diesel.

On behalf of the state’s leading ethanol champion, Representative David Swinford, legislative aid Joe Cox, provided an overview of the last legislative session and explained why Representative Swinford and some of his colleagues feel ethanol holds real potential for Texas. “During this upcoming session of the legislature, there will be a tremendous turnover with many new people filling the positions of current representatives. That situation will require a great deal of education in many fields, but most certainly in the area of ethanol,” said Cox.

Texas is a corn-deficit state, however, 60% of the sorghum grown in the state is exported to Mexico and could potentially be used for ethanol production. Other areas have significant cattle feeding operations where distiller’s grains would offer a high-value feed supplement.

At the conclusion of the workshop the attendees were asked to provide suggestions to Pam Groce, State Energy Conservation Office and US DOE’s bioenergy coordinator for Texas, on what should be included in a proposed statewide ethanol feasibility study. The goal is to have an educational piece available that provides an accurate picture of the possibilities and options for ethanol production and use in Texas. The initial focus of the report will be on the economic, environmental and social impacts and what needs to occur in the state to support the full development of an ethanol program.

For more information about the workshop, contact: Pam Groce, State Energy Conservation Office, Austin, TX, 512-463-1889 or email pam.groce@epa.state.tx.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
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The December 14, 2001 workshop was a followup to a previous workshop in September 2000.

Austin, Texas – September 27, 2000

Renewable Fuels for Rural Economic Development & Clean Air in Texas - A Rural-Urban Partnership

Omni Hotel Austin at South Park
414 Governor's Row
Austin, Texas

The Workshop

Legislative Champion of ethanol in the state of Texas, Representative David Swinford, set the stage for the day’s meeting by relaying to the assembly the need for rural economic development in Texas and how ethanol could fill that role while helping the environment at the same time. Developments in the use of ethanol were featured during the forenoon along with and overview of production and infrastructure and economic development. Ron Miller, President of Williams Bio-Energy in Pekin, Illinois, explained the merit of developing strategic partnerships with the petroleum industry. David Kolsrud helped organize and is a farmer-member of Agri-Energy LLC in Luverne, Minnesota. Mr. Kolsrud explained the advantages of the new generation of ethanol cooperatives to the farmer and to the community. Bill Holmberg related a vision for the future of a fully integrated farming-ethanol production system.

A special feature of the day was the presentation of awards to the University of Texas – Austin and the University of Texas – El Paso. Both schools participated in the 2000 Ethanol Vehicle Challenge. They each re-engineered a Chevrolet Silverado to run on E85. Austin took first place in the competition and El Paso placed fourth out of 14 competing colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. A display of the trucks and several other E85 cars, trucks and vans were open to guests following lunch. The afternoon program focused on ethanol specifically in Texas. The first panel addressed the marketplace including a presentation by Al Melero, who told of the successful air quality program in El Paso. Updates on aviation fuel usage, Ediesel and the demand created by non-attainment cities were also covered. Following further discussions about feedstock availability and advancements in distillers grains use, and opportunities for economic development in Texas, an open forum collected ideas and suggestions from the participants about "Where we should go from here.”

“Where do we go from here?”
Primary points of that discussion:

-Meet with other states to learn from their models
-Identify supporters
-Disseminate information
-Transfer wealth from general fund to area of need
-Track cellulose progress with new uses.com and bioenergyupdate.com.
-Convince Governor Bush to support ethanol
-Increase communication in state, for example, the El Paso story
-Representative Swinford and colleagues will educate the legislature/ Minnesota model
-Producers are long on land and commodities and short on capital. Value-added will strengthen their situation
-Keep the dollars in the community. Form a committee that meets regularly to keep the momentum going.
-Work on the infrastructure for E85 refueling
-Support aviation and Ediesel
-Organize a forum for cattlemen, farmers, petroleum and other stakeholders to talk and gain a greater understanding of one another’s position and perspective.


“To match current use with domestically produced ethanol.”

To meet that goal, the following objectives were recommended:

-Support Representative Swinford’s efforts
-Mandate aquatic fuels
-Commission a resource assessment including biomass
-Every FFV should run on ethanol
-Encourage refiners to offer base gasoline for summer E85 fleets
-Formalize an ethanol task force

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What follows is the agenda from the 2001 Texas Ethanol Workshop:

  8:30 AM - 8:45 AM     Greet & Meet
  8:45 AM - 9:00 AM     State of the State - Ethanol Use and Production in Texas
An overview of the status of ethanol use and production in Texas and what federal and state legislative activities will impact it.
  9:00 AM - 10:30 AM     "Points to Consider" ... local impact of building an ethanol plant
  • What will happen to corn prices for cattle? Is there enough corn or other feedstock available?
  • Are there environmental issues for the neighborhood?
  • Is there really that much economic impact?
  10:30 AM - 10:45 AM     Break
  10:45 AM - 12:00 PM     Economics of Ethanol - Case Studies
Two regions have already conducted studies to look at the feasibility of producing ethanol - what have they learned.
  • Dumas Economic Development
  • San Patricio County
  • BBI International
  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM     Lunch
  1:00 PM - 2:30 PM     "Points to Consider" ... before moving forward
  • What are the criteria for choosing a site?
  • Is the ethanol market strong enough?
  • What about the co-product markets?
  • What are the Financing Criteria?
  • How do you form a new age cooperative?
  2:30 PM - 3:00 PM     The Need for an Effective Statewide Study
Pam Groce - State Energy Conservation Office With input from participants, the primary areas that need to be assessed and evaluated in the state will be discussed. The goal is to design an outline for a genuinely useful and efective study that will best serve the needs of the state.
  3:00 PM - 3:30 PM     Where do we go from here?
A facilitated dialogue that continues to build the pathway for ethanol production in the state.
  3:30 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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