Washington, DC [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] In keeping with its mission to provide a common platform for the renewable energy community, the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) initiated the Biomass Coordinating Council (BCC) specifically to address the rapidly growing renewable biofuels, biopower and bio-based industries. Further, ACORE will expand the trade show, and rename it Power-Gen Renewable Energy & Fuels (PGRE) to acknowledge the new track and pavilion on biofuels.“It is an important time for ACORE and the industry, especially since U.S. refinery capacity shortages are somewhat offset by over 130 biorefineries now providing refined biofuels to help reduce gasoline and diesel usage,” said Bill Holmberg, Chairman of BCC. “The numbers of operating biorefineries in the world is increasing weekly.” “There are 27 plants in construction and eight plant expansions underway that will add more than 1.5 billion gallons of production capacity in the coming year,” said Bob Dinneen, President, Renewable Fuels Association. “As we grow, it is important to work closely with other renewable energy technologies.” Discussing the conference, Bud McFarlane, Chairman, Energy & Communications Solutions said, “BCC and ACORE have been leaders in advancing this cause from a national security perspective. The bringing together of national security experts, representatives from the auto, oil, and cutting-edge biofuels industries at the Power-Gen Renewable Energy and Fuels Conference, for the first time, is a major step forward.” Partnering associations of Power-Gen Renewable Energy & Fuels 2006 include American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Biomass Coordinating Council (BCC), Clean Fuels Development Council (CFDC), Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), National Hydropower Association, National Hydrogen Association, and the Geothermal Energy Association. Plus, among more than 40 supporting organizations of the biofuels pavilion and track are the United States Department of Commerce, Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), and the US Energy Association (USEA). “I am looking forward to highlighting the major benefits of flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) at the biofuels and hydrogen track of the Power-Gen Renewable Energy and Fuels Conference,” stated Phil Lampert, Executive Director, National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition. “There are close to 6 million FFVs on the road from Ford, Daimler Chrysler and GM being produced every day. The main thrust of the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition (NEVC) is to greatly increase the E-85 (85% ethanol and 15% gasoline) fueling stations to meet the demands of these vehicle owners.” BCC promotes all renewable and sustainable uses of biomass, including biofuels such as ethanol, methanol, biodiesel and other biofuels for surface transportation, maritime, and aviation use; using biomass to generate electricity and thermal energy; and to replace petrochemical-based products, such as plastics, solvents, lubricants, adhesives, and fertilizers. BCC supports use of all biomass feedstocks including waste streams and also recognizes that enhancing the soil and saving water are vital to the sustainability of biomass industries.