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October 2007

Biofuels center of North Carolina established

Catalyzing an entire new industry for North Carolina is the long-term task of the newly established Biofuels Center of North Carolina.

Funded with a $5 million initial appropriation from the 2007 General Assembly, the non-profit corporation will implement North Carolina’s Strategic Plan for Biofuels Leadership. The Plan was mandated by the General Assembly in 2006 and presented to its Environmental Review Commission in April of this year.

The plan calls for 10 percent of liquid fuels sold in North Carolina to come from biofuels grown and produced within the state by 2017.

At current usage rates, production of almost 600 million gallons will be required.

The Strategic Plan was shaped by a 24-member steering committee and more than 80 public and private participants from across North Carolina. Six months of discussion and ideas yielded 9 strategies to ensure that the state gains biofuels capabilities and benefit over the next 10-15 years.

The non-profit corporation will be headquartered at the newly established North Carolina Biofuels Campus in Oxford.

The Strategic Plan focuses the state’s biofuels future on products made not from important food and feed crops such as corn, but rather from cellulosic feedstocks such as wood waste, animal wastes, and high-yield plants and grasses. With its rich forestry and agricultural resources, North Carolina is well suited to develop and grow such biomass.