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Event Details

Renewable Diesel Workshops:

Tri-State Renewable Diesel Workshop
A Biodiesel Odyssey in the Heartland

April 11, 2002
Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport
1717 Airport Exchange Blvd.
Erlanger, KY, Tri-State (OH,KY,IN)

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) based in Golden, Colorado will conduct a series of one-day renewable-diesel workshops around the country to educate key public officials and build state and local coalitions to ultimately promote and encourage renewable-diesel production and use.

The push for cleaner diesel fuels is on. Diesel exhaust is a significant pollutant, with studies linking it to increased cancer rates and lung diseases. New EPA standards for emissions controls and cleaner diesel fuel will take effect in 2006 and 2007. But because diesel engines are so durable, older dirtier diesels will be with us well beyond 2007.

We must clean up existing vehicles now to make significant improvement in air quality and protect public health in the near term and long into the future. As policy makers and fleets operators, you can help.

Clean fuel, agriculture and planning agencies in the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana tri-state region are teaming with the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fuels Development, to host this one-day workshop to jump-start the region's efforts to address diesel exhaust. This workshop will cover a variety of clean, renewable alternatives to diesel, featuring detailed information about biodiesel, and answer important questions. Where are they available? At what price? What about performance, specifications, and logistics? Where do you go for more information?

Public officials, fleet managers, transportation managers, school bus supervisors, power generators and the general public are invited to attend. Tell a friend or co-worker about this unique opporunity.

For Program information, please contact:
Melissa Howell
Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition
Lousville, Kentucky
Phone: 502-452-9152

Sponsored by:

  • U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fuels Development & Chicago Regional Office
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Tri State Clean Cities Program
  • OKI Regional Council of Governments
  • Northwest Ohio Clean Fuels Coalition/Cleveland
  • Evansville Clean Cities Coalition
  • Central Indiana Clean Cities Alliance/Indianapolis
  • Indiana Department of Commerce
  • Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition
  • Kentucky Soybean Board
  • Kentucky Division of Energy
  • Ohio Soybean Council
  • Central Ohio Clean Cities/Columbus
  • Ohio Office of Energy Efficiency
  • Ohio Biomass Energy Program

For more information about the US DOE's Renewable Diesel Program, contact:


  8:00 AM - 9:00 AM     Registration
  9:00 AM - 9:30 AM     Welcome – Michael Bednarz, Chicago Regional Office, Moderator
  • John Ferrell, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Fuels Development
  • Melissa Howell, Executive Director, Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition
  • Judge Richard Murgatroyd, Kenton County
  • Debbie Ellis, Kentucky Soybean Association & Board
  • Anne Goodge and Bibhakar Shakya, Ohio Biomass Energy Programs, Public Utility Commission
  • John Lumpe, Ohio Soybean Promotional Board
  • Phil Powlick, Indiana Energy Office
  9:30 AM - 10:30 AM     Introduction to Biodiesel
K. Shaine Tyson, Project Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  10:30 AM - 10:45 AM     Break
  10:45 AM - 11:15 AM     Production and ASTM Standards – K. Shaine Tyson, NREL, Moderator
Biodiesel Production Technology - Wes Berry, Ocean Air Environmental

ASTM Standards and Fuel Certification - Steve Howell, MARC-IV
  11:15 AM - 12:00 PM     Benefits of Biodiesel – Stephanie Strong, Northeast Ohio Clean Cities, Moderator
Environmental Community Perspectives - Ron Dodson, Audubon International

Human Health and Air Toxics - Steve Howell, MARC-IV
  1:15 PM - 2:45 PM     Fuel Management and “Success Stories” – Melissa Howell, Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition, Moderator
Terry Brennan, National Park Service

Hart Moore, Griffin Industries

Ron Lykins, Lykins Oil

Bob Krohman, Kenton County Public Works CMAQ

Mark Miller, Vectren Utility

Michael Brown, Southern Ohio Regional Transit Authority (invited)

Mike and Peggy Clark, Clark Farms

15 minutes Q&A;
  2:45 PM - 3:00 PM     Break
  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM     Policy Initiatives– Alan Freeman, OKI, Moderator
The Present and Future of EPACT - Jeff Clarke, National Renewable Energy Lab

State Incentives and Federal Policies - Doug Whitehead, National Biodiesel Board

Renewable Fuels Requirement - Dr. Kate Smith, AUS Consulting

Minnesota B2 Policy Analysis - Doug Tiffany, University of Minnesota

General audience discussion
  12:00 PM - 1:15 PM     Lunch (Buffet) and Exposition Activities
Vehicle exhibition, Ride & Drive demonstrations, and other events

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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