Beyond Corn - Oklahoma Positions Other Alternative Fuel Sources

October 16, 2007

Sheraton Downtown OKC Oklahoma City, OK

As Oklahoma continues to research and develop its alternative fuel sources and production, the Governor of Oklahoma will host GROW: Oklahoma Biofuels Conference, October 16-17 in Oklahoma City.

“Switchgrass and other native Oklahoma prairie grasses show great potential for alternative fuels and can offset some of the downside of corn,” said Brad Henry, Governor of the State of Oklahoma. “Studies show the U.S. will need many renewable products besides corn to create transportation fuels to replace a portion of imported petroleum.”

Oklahoma is uniquely positioned to help meet that need. Switchgrass and other varieties of perennial prairie grasses, which grow naturally in Oklahoma, are relatively drought resistant, require modest amounts of energy-intensive fertilizers and regenerate yearly. In comparison, corn requires annual replanting, large amounts of water and energy-intensive fertilizers. For these reasons, the conversion of switchgrass to fuel can be far more energy efficient than the conversion of corn to fuel.

In addition, farmers, ranchers and American consumers are concerned that using corn as an alternative fuel source drives up food and animal feed prices.

James Woolsey, former director of the CIA, will be a keynote speaker at the Oklahoma Biofuels Conference, addressing the relationship between national security and the development of alternative transportation fuels. Other topics will include the growth in the U.S. biofuels industry, current and emerging research and development initiatives and Oklahoma’s emerging biorefining sector. Additional national presenters include: John Ferrell, U.S. Department of Energy; Duane

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Grant, USDA Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture; Richard Hess, Idaho National Laboratory; Anna Rath, Ceres, Inc.; Robert White, Ethanol Promotion and Information Council; Dr. Steven Phillips, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Curt Rich, Van Ness Feldman; David Terry, Governors’ Ethanol Coalition and Dr. Jeffery Dahlberg, National Grain Sorghum Producers.

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