Senator Parker Griffith has been appointed Chair of the Bio Diesel and Alternative Fuels Subcommittee of the Permanent Select Committee on Energy.
This committee is charged with studying Alabama's energy supply and to develop an energy plan for the state.
The Committee on Energy was established by the Legislature in the 2007 session and is chaired by Senator Wendell Mitchell (D) Luverne.
As part of the overall committee, the Bio Diesel and Alternative Fuels Subcommittee will research alternative fuels for Alabama's future energy needs and ways to increase production of these fuels within Alabama.
"Alabama has already taken a leading role in researching and producing bio-diesel" said Griffith. "We need to continue to invest in the development of these fuels to preserve our environment, create jobs in Alabama and provide another market for our agricultural products."
Alabama is home to several bio-diesel plants and Auburn University as well as Alabama A&M University has played a key role in developing this new technology.
"We need to seize this new opportunity" said Griffith. "I look forward to meeting with our Alabama partners in this new industry to discuss how we can help them grow and provide a cheaper alternative to our current oil imports."
The purpose of the Permanent Joint Legislative Committee on Energy Policy is to develop the Alabama Energy Plan and to recommend to the Governor and the Legislature courses of action to address Alabama's energy challenges.
The Committee will make recommendations for new legislation and suggest initiatives to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and increase conservation.
The committee includes Governor Riley, fourteen members of the Alabama legislature, Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries Ron Sparks, as well as representatives from Alabama's universities, energy producers and consumers.