Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: June 7, 2007
Senator Joe Sweeden
Bill to Create Oklahoma Bioenergy Center Becomes Law
A bill that would create an Oklahoma Bioenergy Center to position
Oklahoma as a leader in biofuels research and production has been
signed into law by the Governor.
Senate Bill 609 will combine the expertise of Oklahoma’s
colleges and universities with the facilities of the Samuel Roberts
Noble Foundation to research the development of biofuels.
Sen. Joe Sweeden, author of Senate Bill 609, said the Act will
ensure that Oklahoma remains at the forefront of the energy industry
for years to come.
“The need for new energy sources and energy independence
is greater now than ever before,” said Sweeden, D-Pawhuska.
“Oklahoma’s unique combination of natural resources
and a prominent energy industry make us a perfect fit to lead the
way in developing new energy sources. A growing bioenergy industry
can revitalize our rural communities and will contribute greatly
to the overall health of the state’s economy.”
Sweeden noted that Oklahoma’s agricultural industry produces
many of the components required for production of emerging energy
sources. Switchgrass, corn, and various native grasses can be used
in the development of biofuels.
“The foundation for the industry already exists in Oklahoma,
and the Bioenergy Center will help combine technologies for the
development of biofuels,” Sweeden said. “A healthy biofuels
industry can diversify the state’s economy, bring high-paying
jobs and provide our state’s agricultural producers with a
Research at the Oklahoma Bioenergy Center will focus on the development
of feedstocks, collection and transportation, conversion technologies
and distribution. The Center will bring together top researchers
from throughout Oklahoma and the nation.
For more information, contact:
Senator Sweeden's Office: (405) 521-5581