Letter: To Hon. Samuel Bodman, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
Dear Secretary Bodman:
I'm writing to urge that you give strong consideration to the application of Kergy, Inc. in selecting "Funding Opportunity Number: DE-PS36-06GA96016" -Commercial Demonstration of an Integrated Biorefinery System for Production of Liquid Transportation Biofuels, Biobased Chemicals, Substitutes for Petroleum-based Feedstocks and Products, and Biomass-based Heat/Power. The application is awaiting an official selection from the Bio-Mass Program Office at DOE Headquarters.
As you may know, Kergy, Inc. (now known as Range Fuels) has announced today that it will break ground quickly in a few months on a new cellulosic ethanol plant, which will be located in Treutlen County, Georgia. This cutting edge plant would be a boon to the rural economy of the 12th Congressional district and will be an excellent example of the commercialization effort proposed by the President in last month's State of the Union Address. I'm sure you are aware that Kergy, Inc. is backed by some of the most innovative and informed investors in America, who have carefully considered and planned for contingencies that can occur in this emerging technology. Awarding this grant to Kergy, Inc., will go a long way in facilitating a rapid demonstration of commercial cellulosic production as outlined in your Department's funding strategy.
Wood waste from Georgia's plentiful and indigenous pine trees will be the main fuel source for the plant's ethanol production. Those natural resources, in combination with our strong workforce and job training initiatives and robust state sponsored tax credit incentives, make the 12th District a particularly well-suited home for such a facility.
I look forward to facilitating this effort in any way that I can. Please let me know if you have questions or if I can be of service to you or your staff.