Williams Adds Incentive for
Development of Ethanol
made from Wood and Seafood Waste
May 05, 2004
Ketchikan, AK - Representative Bill Williams (R-Saxman), co-chair
of the Alaska State House Finance Committee, Tuesday introduced
an amendment to an Alaska Senate Bill
aimed at encouraging the
production of ethanol made from wood and seafood waste. The
amendment adopted by the Finance Committee adds language to Senate
Bill 337, a bill that allows the Alaska Energy Authority
to make loans to communities and utilities to encourage alternative
energy production. Williams amended the bill to eliminate the
state tax on ethanol fuel made from wood or seafood waste. Williams
said he wants to encourage production of ethanol in Alaska.
"Now that the roadless issue has been settled and it looks
as if the timber industry in Alaska can begin to grow again,
there will be a greater need to find a market for wood waste.
Chips and other uneconomic wood fiber could be used to produce
ethanol," said Williams. "We've been trying to attract
an entrepreneur to build a plant in Ketchikan to make ethanol
from fish waste and timber byproducts. This is the kind of economic
development we need in Alaska."
"We've been trying to
attract an entrepreneur to build a plant in Ketchikan to make
ethanol from fish waste and timber byproducts. This is the kind
of economic development we need in Alaska." ...
Rep. Bill Williams
Williams said the state must
encourage production of clean-burning fuels like ethanol. The
changes to SB 337 would eliminate the 8 cent a gallon state motor
fuel tax for fuel that is at least 10 percent alcohol by volume
and is made from wood or from waste seafood, during the first
five years that the ethanol plant operates.
was passed out of the House Finance Committee Tuesday. It goes
next to the House floor for a vote.
Source of News Release:
Office of Representative Bill
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