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Information about biofuels and bioenergy in the state of Tennessee in the United States.

  • Tennessee is a hub of activity related to biofuels.
    • The "Tennessee Biofuels Initiative" is a unique partnership that "includes farmer involvement, technology partnerships, and political leadership resulting in an integrated systems approach for a sustainable, large scale cellulosic biofuels industry."[1]






  • New Study Assesses Wood For Biofuels, 17 May 2011 by DomesticFuel.com: "Today a new study evaluates the promise of wood waste biofuels by reviewing 12 technologies and 36 projects that convert wood to fuels including ethanol, butanol, diesel, gasoline, and jet fuel."
    • "According to Forisk Consulting and the Schiamberg Group, the authors of the 'Transportation Fuels from Wood: Investment and Market Implications of Current Projects and Technologies,' biofuels derived from wood waste will fail to substantively contribute to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS2) either this year or through 2022."
    • "According to co-author Dr. Bruce Schiamberg of the Schiamberg Group, major technical hurdles will disrupt commercialization for the majority of the technologies."
    • "The study finds an on average 11 year gap between estimated commercialization and actual full-scale production."
    • "The report also looked at the impact of biofuel development on US timber markets and found that they would be minimal with the highest potential for wood waste coming from Alabama, California, Michigan, Mississippi, and Tennessee."[2]
  • Bredesen calls biofuel criticism 'outrageous' 6 November 2009 by KnoxNews.com: Tennessee "Gov. Phil Bredesen branded a legislative attack on the BioFuels Initiative he launched two years ago as 'ridiculous' and 'outrageous' Thursday and said it endangers an unannounced 'very large investment in East Tennessee.'"
    • A Fiscal Review Committee report "noted that the project has changed substantially from what was projected in 2007, when legislators approved $70 million in state spending on the initiative."
    • "A central point was that legislators were told two years ago that the pilot project would produce 5 million gallons of ethanol per year from switchgrass - an amount now reduced to 250,000 gallons with initial production involving corn cobs."[3]



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