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Bath County News-Outlook Your Hometown Newspaper September 9, 2009 • 9 Biomass and Biofuels Development in Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has signed an Executive Or- der forming the Executive Task Force on Biomass and Biofuels Development in Kentucky. The 21-member group will work to facili- tate the development of a sustainable biomass and biofuels industry in Ken- tucky. "1 am asking this group to take a hands-on ap- proach in working towards finding viable energy re- sources that will not only address the future energy needs of Kentucky, but will develop an industry that can revitalize rural and lo- cal economies, create jobs, and develop prosperity for the state as it seeks to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions," said Gov. Bes- hear. Last November, the Gov- ernor unveiled Kentucky's strategic energy plan, In- telligent Energy Choices for Kentucky's Future. It estab- lishes specific goals for the development of a biomass and biofuels industry in the Commonwealth. "To that end, this task force will be the facilita- tor for developing this in- dustry, using both forestry products and energy crops, which will provide signifi- cant economic stimulus within rural communities statewide," said Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters. "Agriculture and forestry will have a significant role in supplying Kentucky's fu- ture energy needs," said Roger Thomas, Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Agricultural Pol- icy. "The work of the task force is critical as we con- tinue addressing increased energy demands." The Executive Order outlines minimum accom- plishments that the task force is to report to the Governor no later than Nov. 30, 2009. Among the items that task force should accom- plish are: Validate Ken- tucky's biomass produc- tion capabilities within a sustainable environment; Evaluate the status of energy crop and forestry biotechnology and genet- ics, and recommend a plan of action; Validate Kentucky's po- tential biomass demand Evaluate transportation, logistics, and available business structures in Ken- tucky; Facilitate economic im- pact analysis; and Recom- mend legislative action to support the development of this industry. The task force held its first meeting in Frankfort Wednesday to define chal- lenges, validate production capabilities and potential biomass demand, and ini- tiate analysis on logistics, biotechnologyand eco- nomic impact. The Task Force members are: Roger Thomas, Execu- tive Director, Governor's Office of Agricultural Poli- cy, Co-chair Dr. Len Peters, Secretary, Energy and En- vironment Cabinet, Co- chair Larry Hayes, Secretary, Economic De- velopment Cabinet Sen. David Givens - Greensburg Sen. Johnny Ray Turner - Drift Sen. Kenneth Win- ters - Murray Rep. Dwight Butler- Harned Rep. Thomas McKee - Cynthiana Rep. Tanya Pullin - South Shore Commissioner Richie Farmer, Kentucky Department of Agriculture Dr. Eric Berson, Chemical Engineering Professor, Uni- versity of Louisville Tony Campbell, CEO, East Ken- tucky Power Cooperative Terry Cook, State Direc- tor, The Nature Conservan- cy Dr. Nancy Cox, Associate Dean, UK College of Agricul- ture Don Halcomb, Farm- er, Simpson CountyMark Haney, President, Kentucky Farm Bureau Mick Hender- son, Agri-Energy Commit- tee, Kentucky Agricultural Council Dr. Kimberly Ho4m- es, Associate Director, Land Grant, Kentucky State University Dr. Scott Shearer, Chair, UK Biosys- tems & Agricultural Engi- neering Richard Sturgill, President, Pine Moun- tain Hardwood Lumber Company Betty William- son, President, Kentucky Woodland Owners' Asso- ciation Dr. Bruce Pratt, Director, Eastern Ken- tucky University's Center for Renewable and Alter- native Fuel Technologies (CRAFT) Bath Co. 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