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Biofuels Center of North Carolina to close due to state’s elimination of its funding

The Biofuels Center of North Carolina has begun to shut down operations over a 90-day period and will close its doors by Thursday, 31 October 2013, due to the North Carolina General Assembly’s elimination of its funding in the state budget signed recently by Gov. Pat McCrory.

Based in Oxford, the statewide economic development agency will terminate its activities and grant programs; shut down its growing and development projects; truncate company relationships; convey reports and information to state agencies; and undertake a final audit. Following the audit, all unspent monies will be returned to the state through the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

A private nonprofit corporation, the Center was a leading state model for comprehensive biofuels development. Since 2008, it has been responsible for charting North Carolina’s path to gain large capacity for alternatives to petroleum-based liquid fuels. Projects and funding have assisted all parties statewide involved in the science, growing, production, and logistics of biofuels, and in addition addressed the educational, public information, and policy issues of a growing new sector. Targeted work and strategies have in this short period of time moved North Carolina from no biofuels presence to a credible site for commercial development.

Throughout the legislative session, internationally leading biofuels, bioproducts, and technology companies lobbied and wrote letters of support to executive and legislative leadership. One letter states that a partner company “would not have made the decision to locate its first US advanced biofuels facility in North Carolina without the Biofuels Center.” Another company letter states that “defunding of the Biofuels Center sends a strong message to industry that North Carolina is no longer interested in the advanced biofuels industry.

Following recommendations of North Carolina’s Strategic Plan for Biofuels Leadership, the General Assembly created the Biofuels Center of North Carolina in 2007, the nation’s only agency working comprehensively over time for all aspects of biofuels development. Since opening its doors in January 2008, the Center has assisted all involved parties in development of a new agricultural and technological sector.

Comments

Jimr

Although it seems it would have been better to leave it open, perhaps they had accomplished what they were capable of. I do not live in N.C. but their administration is doing a great job in controlling costs.

Lasvegas

Controlling costs just sucks money out of the overall economy unless you think government goes into a black hole and is never spent in local businesses.

Jimr

Lasvegas, If that is your philosophy people should just keep spending and go deeper and deeper into debt and never pay off any depts.

Sean Prophet

Jimr, that's completely discredited right-wing ideology. You can't pay off debts by throwing the debtor in debtor's prison, either. You have to invest to grow the economy if you want to have a *prayer* to ever pay off the debt. And this leaves aside the entire carbon question (pollution externalities, military expenditures to defend oil imports, cost of adapting to climate change). Shutting down a successful biofuels program? Typical shortsighted epic GOP fail!

Jimr

Sean, lasvagas said in effect we shouldn't control costs, if you agree with that, i totally disagree with you Also "shutting down a successful biofuels program", do you know it was that successful? I"m sure it had some successes however but was it worth the cost. We tend to think ( including myself) that any green project is great.

ai_vin

I think this has less to do with controling cost than it does paying back the Koch Brothers for providing financial support during Pat's election campaign.

Jimr

I read comments often about the Koch bros. I fail to see any decisions made recently in N.C. that would assist them or be to their advantage. I think we are making so many excuses for the left (including present gov) it is driving me to the right.


ai_vin


more's the pity

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