Updates

Center to sponsor, exhibit at 9th Annual Sustainable Energy Conference in Raleigh

The Biofuels Center will again sponsor, exhibit, and participate at the 9th Annual North Carolina Sustainable Energy Conference at N.C. State University's McKimmon Center in Raleigh on 19-20 April 2011. The conference regularly draws upward of 1,000 industry, academic, and policy leaders from across North Carolina.

For more information or to register for the conference, click here.

Weeks after Accelerator launch, Center gains I-85 directional signs

Just weeks after the launch of the Biofuels Company Accelerator, the N.C. Department of Transportation installed signs on I-85 and in Oxford to make the Biofuels Center easier to find. The signs were erected on 8 March 2012. Signage is on both sides of the highway for motorists heading north and south, and additional signs are in Oxford.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NC Biodiesel Association president meets with White House

In Washington, D.C., North Carolina Biodiesel Association president Leif Forer met with White House energy officials on 16 February 2012 to discuss the importance of approving the recommendation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to modestly increase the biodiesel volume requirement under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The RFS is the cornerstone of the biodiesel industry and sets the bar for how many gallons of not only biodiesel but all renewable fuels are required to be produced nationally each year.

Representatives from four of North Carolina’s commercial biodiesel producers were also in the meeting with their congressional and senatorial delegates, informing them of the importance of supporting the EPA’s recommendation as well as supporting the renewal of the federal excise tax credit that expired in 2011.

Center president addresses MSW Summit in Chicago

Biofuels Center president and CEO Steven Burke in February addressed the second international Municipal Solid Waste to Biofuels Summit, gaining strong interest in his description of the Center’s Civic and Small-scale Biofuels Project. The summit was held in Chicago on 7-8 February 2012.

Representing the only state vantage point in a forum well attended by production, investment, and technology parties, he conveyed the central premise of the Project: as biofuels can be produced at widely varying scale, assisting smaller production by towns and counties offers strategic opportunity and growing benefits.

In addition to yielding over time a percentage of North Carolina’s biofuels goal, civic production serves municipalities simultaneously addressing constrained landfills, fuel costs, and environmental responsibility. Making civic production a deliberate strategic and policy goal was noted by attendees as both practical and, to date, apparently unique nationally.

Center to participate in NCSU workshop on bioenergy

N.C. State University Extension Forestry will host a one-day workshop, “Wood to Energy: Promoting Bioenergy in Your Neck of the Woods,” on 6 March 2012 in Raleigh. The workshop will include presentations on a variety of issues, including an overview of biomass resources in North Carolina, biomass policies, and ongoing challenges facing the bioenergy industry.

Terry Carter, Biofuels Center director of eastern and military partnerships, will provide a current status summary of the biofuels industry in North Carolina. The update will include a look at recent federal actions by the U.S. Department of Defense designed to encourage increased utilization of biofuels by the military.

For more information on the workshop and to view a complete agenda, click here.