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Governor Perdue says bio energy will help economy

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

August 12, 2008

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - Governor Sonny Perdue along with 60 experts were in Tifton Tuesday for the 2008 Southeast Bio-energy conference to discuss the latest developments being made in alternative fuels.

Hundreds listened as Governor Perdue expressed his support of Georgia's development of alternative fuels. "Grow it, convert it and use it. And that's our goal," said Governor Perdue.

A 100-million gallon corn ethanol facility is set to open in Mitchell County this fall, but development in bio-energy has gone past the use of corn into other non-conventional fuel sources.

"We have a project in Cordele that is taking waste liquids, drinks, cokes, Pepsi, orange juices and converting it into ethanol. We are also working a lot of wood chip energy products," said Director of the Energy Innovation Center, Jill Stuckey.

Governor Perdue said growing and producing our own fuel will help boost the state's lagging economy. "I believe the answer to that and the answer to our economic problems lies in rooms like this seeking solutions." said Perdue.

But when school system's are short on money, the Moultrie and Columbus crime labs may have to close because of budget cuts, and homeowners may not see their promised homestead exemptions; many question if help from bio-energy will come soon enough.

"Our state is going to tighten our belt and live within our means. And we are going to do it with minimal disruption of service. So basic services within our state will not be cut, but we are also expecting Georgians to be more self-reliant," said Perdue.

"That question is real complex. If you look at the dollars in our pocket books and where we are getting the oil for our cars, you have to factor in the whole cycle that comes along with that," said Director of the UGA Engineering Outreach Service, Ryan Adolphson.

Despite this fact many agree it is worth the effort. "Its not just the price of gas. There is energy security there is economic development," said Adolphson.

"What the Governor wants to do is produce the feed stocks here, than produce the fuel here and sell the fuel right here in Georgia. And that will drastically help the economy," said Stuckey.

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