Tennessee Engages Biofuels Working Group

February 16, 2006

Governor Phil Bredesen signed an order to create an interagency working group that is charged with developing an alternative fuels strategy for Tennessee.

Representatives of the departments of Agriculture, Economic and Community Development, Environment and Conservation, General Services, and Health and Transportation will form the Governor's Interagency Alternative Fuels Working Group.

"This is just the first of many steps we want to take to increase Tennessee's use of renewable alternative fuels such as biodiesel and ethanol," said Bredesen.

The order calls for immediate steps to set up interim standards for biodiesel to provide quality assurance for blending and distributing the fuel until national standards are finalized. It also directs that alternative fuels production capacity and infrastructure will become an economic and community development priority.

The governor encourages state agencies to support the development of a biofuels fueling infrastructure that would facilitate the growth of biofuel refueling stations statewide, including public access stations and state-owned sites. In November, AgriEnergy Management Inc. announced plans to build a biodiesel plant in Lewisburg. The facility will produce 5 million gallons of the fuel annually.

For more information, see the governor's February 15 press release or read the executive order (PDF 896 KB).