Tennessee is uniquely located geographically with the Mississippi River at Memphis, a major interstate hub in Nashville and proximity to Atlanta from Chattanooga. The Cumberland Plateau, between Cookeville and Knoxville, is also home to a native switchgrass which will be used to provide biofuel for a new refinery near Crossville, TN in the next year or two.
Governor Bredesen has recognized that Tennessee can be a substantial player in the emerging biofuels industry that is cropping up all over the U.S. Last February 2006, The Governor passed Executive Order No. 33 which pulls six state departments together to develop a comprehensive State alternative fuels strategy. His goal is to identify how Tennessee can trasform some of the States energy and environmental challenges into economic opportunity and increased energy security.
Great strides have been made to make biofuels available along a corridor across Tennessee with a goal of having a “green island” at least every 100 miles so that cleaner burning biodiesel and ethanol 85% is available for motorists. In February of 2007, 4 million dollars was made available in funding for several initiatives including seed money to construct refineries, etc.
Please go to the following link if you are interested in more information about the Alternative Fuels Initiative in Tennessee: www.tennessee.gov/environment/altfuels/ I’ll be posting more about some of the things going on in Tennesee soon. This really is an exciting time!