Interest Grows in Biofuels Conference

January 23, 2007
02:17 PM
Accelerated biofuels diversity is a priority for the Senate Energy Committee.  Given its potential contribution to our nation’s energy security (and with biofuels expected to loom large in tonight’s State of the Union), it’s not surprising that interest in our Transportation Biofuels Conference is growing like switchgrass.
Earlier this month, the committee sought comments and proposals as part of its bipartisan effort to find common ground how home-grown, biologically derived fuels can best be blended into our nation’s transportation fuel mix.  Positively, we received more than 100 responses with 500+ ideas from industry, academia, NGOs, scientists and trade groups.  The proposals were interesting, thought-provoking and extremely useful in building a base of information that will inform debate as Congress considers the part that biofuels will play in advancing America’s energy security.
Our all-day conference will be held Feb. 1 in Dirksen G-50.  The agenda and panelists are:
9:30 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. (Panel 1):              Issue Overview and Policy Context
                                                                Energy Future Coalition
                                                                National Commission on Energy Policy
                                                                Renewable Fuels Association
                                                                Securing America’s Future Energy
                                                                World Resources Institute
10:30 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. (Panel 2):          Biofuels Today
                                                                American Corn Growers Association
                                                                American Trucking Associations
                                                                Governors Ethanol Coalition
                                                                National Corn Growers Association
                                                                New Mexico Sorghum Producers
11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. (Panel 3):          Emerging Biofuels
                                                                KLJ Solutions
2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. (Panel 4):               National Infrastructure Integration
                                                                Coalition of E85 Retailers
                                                                National Petrochemical & Refiners Association
3:00 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. (Panel 5):                Regional Infrastructure Integration
                                                                American Forest and Paper Association
                                                                Earth Biofuels
                                                                George Fitch, Mayor of Warrenton, VA
                                                                South Carolina Institute for Energy Studies
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Panel 6):                Research and Development
                                                                Auburn University
                                                                MIT Laboratory for Energy and Environment
                                                                National Renewable Energy Laboratory
                                                                Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
                                                                Sandia National Laboratories
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