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September 23, 2003

Ethanol pilot plant dedicated

SHAWN CLUBB, The Telegraph

EDWARDSVILLE -- Lawmakers gathered Monday at SIUE’s University Park to tout the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center as the key to decreasing the nation’s dependence on foreign energy supplies.

At the dedication for the center, U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., and U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Ill., spoke about the bipartisan effort used to appropriate funds for the facility and bring it to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

"When it comes to Illinois, we find when we work together, we get a lot of things done," Hastert said.

The speaker said the increased use of ethanol is good for the economy and the environment. He said Illinois has become a leader in agricultural development and in working to better the environment.

Durbin, who many credit as the legislative initiator of the project, said corn growers approached him about the idea, and he suggested SIUE as the location for the center. He said the center would create economic activity, especially for farmers; create energy; and serve the environment.

"Ethanol is a source of energy that’s just starting to reach its stride," he said.

Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn, who is the chairman of a state task force on energy, said renewable energy, such as that provided by ethanol, would help lead the nation to energy independence.

"We want all-American energy wherever we can find it," he said, "so we’re not dependent on some foreign potentate for our energy supply."

The $20 million center was funded through $14 million in federal funds and $6 million from the state. It features a dry mill and wet mill to produce ethanol, and it will research how to more efficiently produce the fuel additive from corn.

Rodney Bothast, director of the center, said that while the percentage of ethanol blended into fuel would stay the same, the pending energy bill would help to expand the use of ethanol from the current 2.7 billion gallons produced annually to 5 billion gallons. He said it also could open up new markets for ethanol, including California, which has been phasing out the use of the fuel additive methyl tertiary butyl ether.

Bothast said it is the center’s goal to produce an additional 10 percent more ethanol per bushel of corn than the current 2.7 gallons per bushel.

While the center is the first biotech facility in the park, Brian Donnelly, executive director of University Park, said he expects the center to attract related entities.

"We’ve added another star to the biotech galaxy in St. Louis," he said.

Richard Fleming, president and chief executive officer of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, agreed, saying, "What you’ve got here is a combination of science and a unique research facility. It underscores what an asset the Illinois portion brings to the whole metro area."


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