Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was on hand to help Abengoa Bioenergy celebrate the grand opening of its cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas. With a beautiful day and a full house, excitement was high as Moniz took the stage to congratulate Abengoa’s achievement.
The $500 million biorefinery was supported, in part, by a DOE loan guarantee. Moniz began his remarks by putting the bioenergy plant in perspective of the larger picture and that is as part of President Obama’s “all of the above” energy strategy.
Moniz said the cellulosic ethanol plant serves three major objectives:
- Growing the economy – creating jobs.
- Advancing our energy security interests. No only for the United States alone, but also for our allies and friends.
- Moving towards the low carbon economy- addressing climate change.
Moniz also noted the importance of the innovation chain, “…and what we’re seeing to today is part of that…But if we’re going to kick start this, we have to work with the private sector with state and local governments with our research institutions and laboratories to get these technologies deployed and drive those costs down to be competitive continued Moniz. So this plant shows all of these features.”
He said that while there will be a few rough spots along the road, what the country is seeing today is the beginning of a new industry.
Listen to Energy Secretary Moniz’s complete comments here:
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