Rep. Barrow Meets with Energy Secretary Bodman to Discuss Treutlen County Ethanol Plant
One day after it was announced that Range Fuels, Inc., plans to build Georgia's first ever wood-based ethanol plant in Treutlen County, 12th District Georgia Congressman John Barrow (D-Savannah) today met briefly with Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman to discuss ways to expedite federal funding and grant opportunities for the company's work in Georgia.
"Yesterday's announcement that Range Fuels plans to build an ethanol plant in the 12th District is welcome news to rural Georgia, and I believe it's a good sign of future investments to come," Barrow said. "Georgia grows more tress than any other state, in part because we can grow trees just about faster than any other state. This gives us an enormous economic advantage when it comes to leading the way on renewable energy production."
Barrow, who is currently the only Member of the House of Representatives to serve on both the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Agriculture Committee, met with Secretary Bodman prior to the Secretary's scheduled testimony this morning before a full meeting of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
"Secretary Bodman is committed to making domestic ethanol and bio-diesel production a priority, and he realizes the potential that rural Georgia offers the rest of the country," Barrow said after the meeting. "Using clean and green Georgia agriculture to help meet our country's energy demands is a top priority for me, and the Secretary promised to give the company full consideration for future funding."