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Rep. Enyart Honored with 'Fueling Growth' Award

NCERC at SIUE Director Presents Congressman with Award in DC

News Release
Contact: Courtney Breckenridge
Office: 618-659-6737 ext. 230

EDWARDSVILLE – NCERC at SIUE staff was in Washington, D.C. for the second year in a row to award Congressman Bill Enyart (D-IL) a “Fueling Growth” Award from Growth Energy in recognition of his commitment to the ethanol industry.

“From his work on the House Agriculture Committee to his staunch support of the Renewable Fuels Standard, Congressman Enyart has quickly emerged as one of the biofuels industry’s strongest advocates,” NCERC at SIUE Director John Caupert said. “As a resident of the 12th Congressional District, I am proud to be represented by a true champion of ethanol who understands that renewable fuels are vital to our national security, our economy, and our environment.

Enyart was recognized for his work in defense of the Renewable Fuel Standard, as well as his strong support of other biofuels initiatives. The Congressman has also worked with biofuels groups to oppose his opposition to an EPA proposal that would reduce the statutory requirements as mandated by the RFS.

 “I am honored to receive a second Fueling Growth Award from Growth Energy,” said Enyart.  “It is critical to our Southern Illinois farmers and our economy that we continue to forge new paths for ethanol research and corn-to-ethanol usage.  I look forward to continue working on legislation, like my Biofuels Development Act, to further promote corn research.”

The Fueling Growth Awards were presented during Growth Energy’s annual Advocacy Conference, where ethanol producers, suppliers, and researchers from across the country meet to educate and inform legislators about biofuels-related issues and policy.

About the NCERC
The NCERC at SIUE is a nationally recognized research center dedicated to the development and commercialization of biofuels, specialty chemicals and other renewable compounds. The Center’s fully functional dry grind pilot plant and laboratories are equipped with advanced biofuels capabilities including corn fractionation, pretreatment, and a fermentation suite with 5, 30, 150 and 1500L scale-up. Facilities are staffed by industry veterans with more than 100 years of collective experience in fermentation and biofuels production. This knowledgeable team has the flexibility and expertise to design and carry out projects in any region of the advanced biofuels or specialty chemicals space.  For more information, contact Courtney Breckenridge, (618) 659-6737 ext. 230,, or visit

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) is a nationally recognized university dedicated to educating and developing professional and community leaders through its excellent faculty and academic programs. With a student-to-teacher ratio of 17-to-1, SIUE offers the advantages of a small, liberal arts college with the lowest tuition of all 12 state universities in Illinois. The emphasis on undergraduate education, complemented by faculty research, creates practical applications for student learning. In fall 2011, SIUE reached the largest overall enrollment in the history of the University with 14,235 students. In fiscal year 2011, SIUE faculty and staff received more than $34 million in grants and contracts for research, teaching and service initiatives. Only 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River's rich bottom land. SIUE has been shaping the future in the St. Louis Metro Area since 1957, offering quality undergraduate and graduate programs combined with a solid commitment to the economic development of Southwestern Illinois.

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