Conference shows biodiesel's big presence in Texas

By | September 01, 2006
Texas is known as the leading state for biodiesel capacity. The state's plants report they could produce 96 million gallons of biodiesel should demand rise. Texas' biodiesel industry has garnered headlines for its growth, such as when Austin Biofuels and Triple S Petroleum opened 19 new B20 pumps in one day. In the wake of this activity, the state will host its first Texas Biodiesel Conference and Expo.

The Biodiesel Coalition of Texas (BCOT) will hold the event Sept. 27-29 in Austin. The conference will cover the latest regulatory, agricultural and technical developments in the Texas biodiesel industry. Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), as well as other industry experts, will speak at the conference. A trade show is included. Besides educational activity, networking opportunities will come by way of the Austin Renewable Energy Tour, receptions and even a Biodiesel Bash to enjoy Austin's nightlife.

"As the biodiesel industry continues to grow at breakneck speeds, it is critical that every state has a clear, articulate voice representing biodiesel interests," said Jake Stewart, board member of BCOT and vice president of Organic Fuels, an NBB member. "It behooves the industry to congeal around common state issues and work together to solve them on behalf of the greater biodiesel industry and market. There's strength in numbers battling issues in a new industry. I guess Willie Nelson put it best when he said quite simply, 'Don't mess with Texas biodiesel.'"

Space at the conference is limited, but there are still openings available for attendees, exhibitors and sponsors. Check out to download a registration form and get more information on the conference.
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