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October 18, 2002

DOE Secretary Abraham Hosts "Renewable Energy Roundtable" in South Dakota

Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham hosted a "Renewable Energy Roundtable" in South Dakota on October 18th. The forum addressed the Bush administration's energy policy and the latest developments in renewable power production and biofuels. It featured local representatives from the biofuels industry, the South Dakota Corn Growers Association, the South Dakota Rural Electrical Association, wind energy companies, and renewable energy advocates.

"President Bush and I are convinced that renewable energies must play a large role in meeting our challenging future energy needs and reducing our dependence on foreign oil," Secretary Abraham said. "For every improvement in renewable energy technology we develop, for every new megawatt of electricity or gallon of alternative fuel that is produced, we make our nation a little more secure."

Secretary Abraham highlighted the recent award of $5.4 million to Broin and Associates Inc. of Sioux Falls to develop a "Second Generation" dry mill biorefinery pilot project. The $11.3-million pilot project is a joint effort of DOE and Broin and will be located at Broin's biorefinery in Scotland, South Dakota. See the DOE press release.