Kentucky sets biofuel production goals

By | November 11, 2009
Kentucky has developed a 21-member executive task force to facilitate the development of a statewide sustainable biomass and biofuels industry. The task force has established a goal of producing 775 million gallons of biofuels by 2025, which would satisfy 12 percent of the state's transportation fuel demand.

Frank Moore, director of biofuels at the state's department of energy development and independence, said approximately 10 million tons of biomass would be required for biofuel production in 2025, most of which could be supplied by switchgrass and other native grasses as well as forest management. Moore said reclaimed strip mines in the eastern portion of the state can also be explored as potential productive sources of biomass.