NCDA issues fuel labeling regulation

During the 2011 legislative session, the N.C. General Assembly directed the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA) to develop rules governing the labeling requirements for all fuel pumps that offer ethanol-blended gasoline for retail sale.

NCDA has issued the proposed regulation and is seeking comments from the public. The regulation would require that fuel pumps dispensing ethanol-blended gasoline contain labels stating that the fuel “Contains 10% Ethanol” or “May Contain Up to 10% Ethanol.”

Many consumers in North Carolina may be unaware that, when they fill up at their local station, they are putting biofuels into their cars and trucks. In North Carolina, the large majority (85 to 90 percent) of fuel retailers are selling gasoline blended with 10-percent ethanol, or E10. The regulation will ensure that the motoring public in North Carolina is better informed about the types of fuel available for sale in the state.

The text of the proposed regulation can be found in the 15 November 2011 volume of the North Carolina Register by clicking here. Comments on the proposed regulation are due by 17 January 2012.

First Civic and Small-scale Biofuels Convening a resounding success

"We should talk" and "I am so encouraged" were two of the comments among the positive feedback that emerged from the first Convening of Civic and Small-scale Biofuels in Winston-Salem at Forsyth Technical Community College on 8 December 2011. More than 50 people attended the convening, ranging from biodiesel producers to municipal wastewater treatment facility managers, and from representatives from the military to state government representatives.

To learn more about civic and small-scale biofuels production in North Carolina, contact Leif Forer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

rodney locks december 2011 newsletter

Caption: Formerly president of the N.C. League of Municipalities, Brevard City Councilman Rodney Locks addressed the first Convening of Civic and Small-scale Biofuels at Forsyth Tech in Winston-Salem (8 December 2011). 

Center continues public outreach efforts

As part of its role in educating the public about biofuels and the biofuels industry in North Carolina, the Biofuels Center recently connected with civic group members and students alike at various speaking engagements across the state.

The Center regularly participates in career fairs and seeks to engage constituents statewide through other educational opportunities. In November, communications manager Shane Reese spoke with students at Cardinal Gibbons High School's Sustainability Day in Raleigh and at the Career Expo in Chapel Hill. Recently, Reese also spoke to students from Exploris Middle School in Raleigh and to the Apex Rotary Club in Apex.

For more information about the Center's public outreach or to request a speaker, please contact communications manager Shane Reese at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CAPTION: A thank-you note from a student at Exploris Middle School (Raleigh, N.C.). In the illustration, a Biofuels Center staffer is featured standing next to biofuels feedstock crop Arundo donax.

Center convening on civic biofuels projects set for early December

On 8 December 2011, the Biofuels Center will convene a meeting around the development of civic and small-scale biofuels projects in North Carolina. Those interested in developing and learning more about local biofuel projects at the community and regional level are encouraged to attend. Panelists will include local government officials and staff, farmers, and biofuels producers.

North Carolina already has in place a number of local biofuels projects under the leadership of cities, counties and community organizations. These innovative projects include: utilizing landfill space in Catawba County to grow energy crops; the City of Raleigh growing energy crops on wastewater application land; and Gaston County producing its own biodiesel for use in the county school buses.

The meeting represents the first time participants will have a chance to share success stories, identify challenges and highlight opportunities for new biofuels projects across the state.

Find out more here.

North Carolina Biodiesel Association holds annual meeting

The North Carolina Biodiesel Association convened in Pittsboro for its annual meeting on 4 November 2011. All five of the major biodiesel producers in North Carolina were represented at the meeting: Triangle Biofuels (Wilson); Piedmont Biofuels (Pittsboro); Patriot Biodiesel (Greensboro); Blue Ridge Biofuels (Asheville); and Foothills Bio-Energies (Lenoir).

The annual meeting included a number of agenda topics ranging from feedstock supply issues to a technical update on biodiesel production processes. The meeting featured a presentation about the Appalachian State University Biodiesel Research Facility, which will serve as a resource for the entire biodiesel sector in North Carolina.

A discussion on biodiesel policy matters at the state and federal level concluded with a recommendation to work with state leaders to improve biodiesel incentives. Current biodiesel policies in North Carolina are less favorable than those in place in Virginia and South Carolina.

Rachel Burton, one of the founders of Piedmont Biofuels, was also recognized for receiving a national award as “Biodiesel Researcher of the Year” by the National Biodiesel Board at a ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri.