New York governor George E. Pataki is joining the Governors’ Ethanol Coalition, a bipartisan organization that is working to promote the development and use of ethanol-based fuels nationally and globally.
Governor Pataki is the first Northeast governor to join the coalition of 31—now 32—states, Puerto Rico and four foreign countries (Sweden, Canada, Mexico and Brazil).
New York State is a national leader in the use of renewable energy, and we’re committed to finding new ways to diversify our energy supplies and increase our use of ethanol and other renewable fuels.
I am particularly interested in developing cellulosic ethanol, an effort being led by research institutions at SUNY-ESF and Cornell.—Gov. Pataki
In a speech to the meeting of the Governors’ Ethanol Coalition (GEC) earlier this week, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, the chairperson of the GEC, called on every state to take steps toward use of at least 10% ethanol in gasoline (an E10 blend) by 2010. (Earlier post.)
Within the next year, up to three ethanol plants are expected to begin production in New York State, including Northeast Biofuels in Fulton, Oswego County. The Northeast Biofuels plant would be the largest ethanol plant in the Northeast, with a capacity to produce 100 million gallons annually.
New York State’s vehicle fleet, which had only a few alternative-fueled vehicles in 1995, now includes more than 4,600 alternative-fueled vehicles. These vehicles use fuels such as ethanol, compressed natural gas (CNG), or propane. Governor Pataki has committed that by the end of the decade, every non-emergency vehicle purchased by the State (approximately 1,200 per year) will be an alternative-fueled vehicle.