Colorado Officials Meet with USDA Business Programs Administrator to Discuss Renewable Energy OpportunitiesBy
Attendees at the recent “Building a Sustainable Renewable Energy Program for the 21st Century” conference in Denver, Colorado, participated in discussions about how renewable energy opportunities could create new jobs and reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil. Among those in attendance was USDA Rural Development Business Programs Administrator Judy Canales.
The event began with a luncheon presentation from Greg Krissek, ICM, Director of Government Affairs and Jim Imbler, ZeaChem, Chief Executive Officer. Krissek’s presentation to the group focused on the ethanol and biofuels industry. Krissek has been in the business for 11 years and currently oversees 102 plants with 6.5 billion gallons of ethanol production per year. He noted that America needs to take what we have learned from first generation biofuels and build on it through adding cellulosic changes to the process. Imbler focused his discussion on new technology in biorefinery development and in particular a cellulose-based biorefinery platform that could be capable of producing advanced ethanol, fuels and chemicals. The company is headquartered in Lakewood, Colorado. They currently operate a research and development laboratory facility in Menlo Park, California and have a 250,000 gallon per year cellulosic biorefinery under construction in Boardman, Oregon. Read more »