South Dakota Hosts Renewable Energy Roundtable

U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham hosted a “Renewable Energy Roundtable” in South Dakota last week. Participants in the forum discussed the Bush administration’s energy policy and the latest developments in the Renewable Energy fields of biofuels, wind energy, solar energy and electricity generation.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota – October 21, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Congressman John Thune (R-SD) along with local representatives from the biofuels and ethanol industry, state corn growers association, state rural electrical association, wind energy companies and alternative energy advocates took part in the event. “President Bush and I are convinced that Renewable Energies must play a large role in meeting our challenging future energy needs and reducing our dependence on foreign oil,” Abraham said. “For every improvement in Renewable Energy technology we develop, for every new megawatt of electricity or gallon of alternative fuel that is produced, we make our nation a little more secure.” Abraham highlighted the recent award of US$5.4 million to Broin and Associates Inc. of Sioux Falls, South Dakota to develop a second generation dry mill biorefinery pilot project. This effort is a joint research and development project between the Department of Energy and Broin. The company will contribute US$5.9 million to this project, bringing the project total to US$11.3 million. The pilot project will be located at Broin’s biorefinery in Scotland, South Dakota. “Broin will work in partnership with the Department of Energy to develop and perfect a dry mill biorefinery process with the aim of enhancing the economics of existing ethanol dry mills,” Abraham said. “The end result is not just increased ethanol yields, but more competitive bioproducts such as plastics, paints and adhesives that are today made from petroleum. This can result in more markets for agricultural products, more profits for farmers and enhanced energy security for America.”

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