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December 27, 2007

Ethanol Fuels Quality Workshop Presentations - November 2007

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December 11, 2007

University of Tennessee Biofuels Initiative

Tennessee’s agricultural community, universities and research institutions are actively engaged in exploring cultivation opportunities for the next generation of biofuel feedstocks. Tennessee is a biomass state and is uniquely positioned to be a leader in the emerging arena of cellulosic ethanol production — making ethanol from reedy plants like switchgrass and other biomass sources. Our state universities and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory already have researchers working to create the kind of transformative science and real-world applications that will increase the production of transportation fuels from renewable resources like switchgrass and other fibrous materials.

Realizing this competitive edge, the Tennessee General Assembly approved Governor Bredesen’s $72.6 million biofuels proposal for the Fiscal Year 2007-08 budget to support the research, agricultural application and technology transfer efforts of the Tennessee Biofuels Initiative. The University of Tennessee and ORNL are leading this Initiative to bring together all the research components required to achieve a thriving bioeconomy in Tennessee as quickly as possible. The centerpiece of the Initiative is the development of a pilot 5 million gallon per year cellulosic ethanol biorefinery, but all of the related pieces are focused on moving rapidly from research to commercial application. This Initiative complements the creation of a Bioenergy Science Center at ORNL, supported by a Department of Energy grant that will provide $125 million over five years to discover new ways to produce biofuels from biomass feedstocks.
For more information on the University of Tennessee Biofuels Initiative, visit


November 9, 2007

Ethanol Fuels Quality Workshops Set for Knoxville and Nashville

The Governor’s Interagency Working Group is pleased to host workshops on fuel quality assurance and marketing practices for ethanol blends in Knoxville on November 27 and Nashville on November 28.  Sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association, these workshops will offer comprehensive guidance to organizations and individuals interested in offering ethanol blends, including E10 and E85, at retail facilities.

Experts will present information on these important topics:

  1. Fuel standards and regulations
  2. System prep and maintenance
  3. Obtaining the correct blend
  4. Dispenser compatibility
  5. Branding & Marketing

Fuel suppliers, retailers, terminal operators and fleet managers are encouraged to attend.  To view workshop registration forms

For more information about these workshops contact:
Randy Jennings, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, 615-837-5327 or email [email protected]

Marylee Booth, Tennessee Oil Marketers Association, 615-253-2418 or email [email protected]

Jonathan Overly, East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition, 865-974-3625 or email [email protected]

Ethanol Fuels Quality Workshop Partners include: 
Tennessee Oil Marketers Association
East Tennessee Clean Fuels
Clean Cities of Middle Tennessee
West Tennessee Clean Cities Coalition

View workshop brochure and registration form (PDF).


July 27, 2007

Biodiesel Workshop on Ensuring Biodiesel Quality Throughout the Distribution System is Set for August 15 in Nashville

Producing and selling biofuels that meets ASTM standards and quality specifications is important to industry and consumers.  This workshop is designed to provide practical and effective information on storing, moving and dispensing quality biodiesel products. The workshop is set for Wednesday, August 15 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CDT in the Ed Jones Auditorium at the Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville. Workshop registration fee is $20, includes lunch, and will be limited to 100 participants.

Experts will:

  • Answer questions about biodiesel and the fuel production process
  • Deliver practical information for purchasing quality biodiesel
  • Provide guidance on ways to ensure the quality throughout the distribution system

View workshop brochure and registration form (PDF).

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