Collaboration continues with NC Northeastern Region's Green Economy Jobs Forum
The Biofuels Center has assisted by providing insight and information about the kinds of economic opportunities that the state’s emerging biofuels sector could provide to rural parts of the northeastern region in the future. Agricultural revitalization and opportunities around growing biomass for biofuels and biobased coproducts were discussed at the meeting. Counties in the region are among the poorest in North Carolina, and communities expressed considerable interest in the opportunities that a large-scale production facility could bring.
In a series of workshops last year, the Biofuels Center worked with the Green Research Center to promote green economy jobs in the northeastern region of the state.
Center promotes North Carolina as premier biofuels location at BIO 2010 (3-6 May 2010)
The Biofuels Center joined more than 60 other North Carolina organizations and companies to showcase North Carolina as a global biotechnology leader at the BIO 2010 International Conference in Chicago on 3-6 May 2010. The conference is one of the largest on the international biotech calendar, with approximately 13,000 delegates attending from all over the world. It provides unique opportunities to network and create economic development opportunities as well as showcase the business case for North Carolina as an ideal location for biofuels research, development and commercial-scale projects.
The Biofuels Center partnered with the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the North Carolina Department of Commerce, as well as higher education and industry in a joint North Carolina pavilion at the conference. Tracks on renewable fuels, climate change, industrial biotechnology and biofuels saw representatives from many of the top companies speaking about technology developments alongside officials from USDA and DOE.
Caption: BIO 2010 panelists discuss the emerging biofuels sector.
Center sponsors, attends NC Mobile Care conference (26 May 2010)
The event featured exhibits, presentations, and a "ride-n-drive" of alternative transporation vehicles. North Carolina Senator Josh Stein opened the event by addressing the need for a broad range of energy solutions in the state and the significant role the Biofuels Center was playing in developing new homegrown transportation fuels. Other speakers included Biofuels Center staff member Dr. Egle Thomas, who discussed biofuels business development and recruitment opportunities in North Carolina.
Center provides "snapshot" of biofuels activity at North Carolina General Assembly
Since the Biofuels Center staff started work in January 2008, a considerable amount of progress has been made in fostering this new sector. To illustrate this progress, a placemat with a county-by-county snapshot of current biofuels activity across North Carolina was printed for the General Assembly cafeteria to help share information with legislators and members of the public visiting the legislature.
The map picture is a small-scale version of the full-size PDF of the placemat. The PDF can be opened and downloaded here. (Note: This is a large file and the page may be slow to load.)
Several North Carolina General Assembly bills could impact biofuels sector
Another bill relevant to the biofuels industry that is working its way through the legislative process is House Bill #1973, Keeping North Carolina Competitive Act. The bill, sponsored by North Carolina Representative Bill Owens, is a comprehensive economic incentives and jobs package that includes an extension of the state’s renewable fuel construction tax credits and biodiesel production credits until 1 January 2014. The renewable fuel tax credits are set to expire on 1 January 2011, while the biodiesel production credits expired earlier this year.
Finally, a bill that would require the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to regulate the collection of waste grease may be considered this session. The proposal has drawn initial concerns from some producers of biodiesel about its potentially adverse impact on their industry.
- Center grantee in Pittsboro readies new enzymatic biodiesel technology for testing
- Center grants generate additional $3.46 million for North Carolina
- Center attends World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology (28-30 June 2010)
- Center president and CEO testifies at U.S. congressional hearing in Fayetteville
- North Carolina General Assembly wraps up 2010 short session
- Center presents industry overview at Rowan Cabarrus Community College biotech summer series
- Market-based conservation collaboration kicks off
- Center, Military Growth Task Force present biofuels forum in Jones County
- U.S. Senator Kay Hagan visits Center for briefing
- Center staffer gives industry lecture at N.C. State University (2 Sept 2010)