Bioenergy summit focuses on green revolution

By Peter Hull

Bioenergy The 2009 South Carolina BioEnergy summit was held at Clemson’s Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Blackville. About 300 participants attended the summit that was sponsored by the S.C. Biomass Council and S.C. Energy Office.

Presentations and roundtable discussions included renewable energy, the effect of climate change legislation on South Carolina agriculture, bioenergy opportunities for agriculture and forestry, and the state’s switchgrass initiative.

John Clark, director of the S.C. Energy Office, told the summit that the “green revolution” is coming whether South Carolina is out in front or following behind.

It’s coming with tremendous economic opportunities, Clark said, and South Carolina should be a leader. The state is blessed with abundant sunshine, offshore wind potential and biomass feedstocks, such as switchgrass, for biofuels.

“We need to look at this green revolution as an economic plus for South Carolina,” he said.

 




For information: Jim Frederick, 843-662-3526, jfrdrck@clemson.edu