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Alternatives That Work Now

“We need the jobs and to boost our economy” – Robert Penoyer, Gasoline Equipment Systems, Cocoa, FL, President

Looking at the awful pictures of the Gulf disaster it’s hard to believe that there’s no alternative. Yet, there are those who would try to convince us that biofuels are nothing but some far-off hope that needs a lot of work. Not so! Bioenergy and biofuels are being produced today across the U.S. and around the Gulf of Mexico. American biofuels, produced by us and for us. And, while we can’t yet produce enough to replace the oil we import, there’s every reason to continue to increase alternatives and production until we can.



Energy Crops for Gulf of Mexico States

  • Jennings, LA: Vercipia Biofuels is making biofuel from sugarcane bagasse and specially bred energy cane.
  • Fulton, MS: Bluefire Ethanol is making biofuel from green waste, wood waste, and other cellulosic urban wastes.
  • Highlands County, FL: Vercipia Biofuels is making cellulosic biofuel from high-fiber sugarcane.
  • Highlands County, FL: Highlands Envirofuels, LLC is making biofuels from sweet sorghum and supplemented with sugarcane.
  • Perry, FL: the University of Florida is making biofuel from sugarcane bagasse and specially bread energy cane.
  • Vero Beach, FL: the New Planet Energy, LLC is making biofuel from municipal solid waste; unrecyclable paper; construction and demolition debris; tree, yard and vegetative waste; and energy crops.
  • Plantation, FL: Southeast Renewable Fuels LLC., will be making biofuel from sweet sorghum.
“To have sustainable, green energy to support the electricity needs of the United States of America”
– Dixie Hollins, Hollinswood Ranch, Florida

Biofuels in the Gulf of Mexico States are not an experiment. Creating a biofuel infrastructure is mandated by the U.S. Government. The EPA is responsible for developing and implementing regulations to ensure that transportation fuel sold in the United States contains a minimum volume of renewable fuel.

Renewable Fuel Standard 2 (RSF2) lays the foundation for achieving significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions through the use of renewable fuels. The goals include reducing imported petroleum, and encouraging the development and expansion of our nation's renewable fuels sector.

Under the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, RFS2 increased the volume of renewable fuel required to be blended into transportation fuel. In one legislative act we encouraged business to move from producing nine billion gallons in 2008 to 36 billion gallons by 2022.

Biofuels are not just needed now, they’re here.