LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Ethanol Board will meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. The meeting will be held in Lincoln at the downtown Hyatt Place Hotel (600 Q St.).
The board welcomes Doug Durante, executive director of Clean Fuels Development Coalition (CFDC), as the keynote speaker at the meeting. Durante will review 2017, and give an outlook on what the ethanol industry might expect from Capitol Hill in the coming year.
Durante’s national ethanol advocacy efforts and his relationship with the Nebraska ethanol industry span more than 35 years. He frequently consults on international biofuel projects including initiatives that focus on the use of biofuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
CFDC works closely with the Urban Air Initiative (UAI), which has conducted a significant body of research over the past several years showing how toxic compounds known as aromatics, which are added to gasoline to boost octane, are causing a host of respiratory illnesses in urban populations. Durante advocates for a cleaner alternative – ethanol – that is a natural octane enhancer and a clean, low-carbon fuel choice. CFDC and UAI have collaborated with the Nebraska Ethanol Board on fuel testing and analysis as well as public information programs in Nebraska.
Durante, a veteran of biofuel policy and ethanol market development, is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, and represents members of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition on Capitol Hill. Previously, he served as an ethanol advisor to members of Congress and as a technical and policy advisor to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Durante will speak at approximately 9 a.m. The meeting agenda is as follows:
- Call Meeting to Order
- Approval of Agenda
- Approval of Minutes
- Budget Report
- Keynote Presentation: Doug Durante
- Annual Membership Dues
- UNL Economic Impact Study Update
- Industrial Training: Dr. Hunter Flodman
- David & Associates
- Marketing Programs
- BIP Update
- State and Federal Legislation
- Ethanol Plant Reports
- Chair’s Report
- Administrator’s Report
- Working Lunch
- Travel Reports and Authorization
- Next Meeting Date
This agenda contains all items to come before the Board except those items of an emergency nature.