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DOE Ethanol Workshop Series

South Carolina Ethanol Workshop
Improving rural economy while meeting federal air regulations.

September 21, 2000
9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Adam's Mark Hotel
1200 Hampton Street
Columbia, South Carolina

Workshop Sponsors:

U.S. Department of Energy Regional Biomass Energy Program

The purpose of the workshop was to explore opportunities and emerging technologies for production of ethanol from non-traditional cellulose feedstocks, as well as traditional feedstocks (grain). Cellulose feedstocks include local resources such as crop and forestry residues and dedicated energy crops. Economic development and the marketplace was discussed along with environmental significance and policy issues.

Program Information
Patricia Tangney, SC State Energy Office
803-737-8036 or

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Anne Wester
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PO Box 1146
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Phone: 719-539-0300
Fax: 719-539-0301

  8:30 AM - 9:00 AM     Registration/Continental Breakfast
  9:00 AM - 9:10 AM     Introductions
  9:10 AM - 9:25 AM     Welcome to South Carolina & the Governor's Perspective
- Hank Stallworth, Office of the Governor
  9:25 AM - 9:45 AM     The President's Bioenergy Initiative
- Valerie Reed, Office of Fuels Development, U.S. Department of Energy
  9:45 AM - 10:05 AM     Overview of Energy Use in South Carolina
- John Clark, South Carolina Energy Office
  10:05 AM - 10:30 AM     Refreshment Break
  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM     Panel: Why Use Ethanol?
- Moderator: Patricia Tangney,South Carolina State Energy Office

Overview of Ethanol's Air Quality Benefits

- Mike Roberts, Bureau of Air Quality, South Carolina Dept. of Health and Environmental Control

- Wendy Bell, Catawba/Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition

How Ethanol is Used & the Markets

- Bob Dinneen, Renewable Fuels Association

  1:00 PM - 1:45 PM     Panel: South Carolina Feedstocks and Ethanol Production Technologies
Moderator: Roy Dodd, Clemson University

Agricultural Feedstocks Available

- Larry Boyleston, South Carolina Dept. of Agriculture

Forestry Feedstocks Available

- Speaker TBD

Overview of Ethanol Production Technologies

- Phil Badger, General Bioenergy

  1:45 PM - 2:30 PM     Panel: Learning from the Experiences of Other States
Moderator: Jean-Paul Gouffray,South Carolina State Energy Office

Opportunities in North Carolina from Industrial Sweet Potatoes

- Ed Stahl, DFI Group, North Carolina

Economic Impacts Experienced by Minnesota

- Ralph Groschen, Minnesota Dept. of Agriculture (invited)

  2:30 PM - 2:45 PM     Refreshment Break
  2:45 PM - 3:05 PM     Achieving the South Carolina Potential
- Speaker TBD
  3:05 PM - 4:00 AM     Panel: A Look at the Policies that can Impact the Development of an Ethanol Industry in South Carolina
Moderator: Larry McKenzie, South Carolina Farm Bureau

Existing Federal Incentives

- Mike Bryan, Bryan & Bryan Inc.

South Carolina Programs and Incentives

Representative, South Carolina Dept. of Commerce

  4:00 PM - 4:30 PM     An Open Forum
A group discussion that will identify what needs to happen next to develop an ethanol industry in South Carolina.
  4:30 PM    Adjournment
  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM     Lunch

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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