Monday, July 13, 2009

Florida Eyes Dominican Sugarcane for Clean Fuel Mandate

SANTO DOMINGO. - The State of Florida needs to find permanent suppliers of ethanol to cover a demand estimated at 786 million gallons starting next year, when it implements a norm calling for a 10% mix of that fuel in gasoline.

Florida Gateway president Brian C. Dean, interviewed by newspaper Listin Diario on the conference “Establishing a hemispherical biofuels market” dictated in Santo Domingo, said Florida has taken on the development and use of biofuels “very seriously.”

He said that state must look for an ethanol exporter in the region, for which Dominican Republic, with its experience in sugar cane and sufficient lands, could be a key ally to reach part of its objective.

Dean, invited to the country by the National Energy Commission (CNE), said Gateway Florida aims to get public policies implemented in Latin American and Caribbean countries to support the development of the ethanol and biofuels industry.

In the Dominican case, the executive said in addition to sugar cane, piƱon jatropha, higuereta and other plants that have yielded good results could also be used to produce ethanol.

He added that within the Lula-Bush initiative and the biofuels development agreement, Dominican Republic is among the first four countries eligible for funding to develop clean energy projects.

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