As Oklahoma continues to research and develop its alternative fuel sources and production, the Governor of Oklahoma will host GROW: The Oklahoma Biofuels Conference, November 12-13 in Oklahoma City at the Skirvin Hotel conference center.

Through the efforts of the Oklahoma Bioenergy Center and other public and private research and investment, Oklahoma has emerged as a national leader in the development and deployment of biofuels, including the next generation cellulosic ethanol, which promises to be one more key piece in the puzzle to help solve our nation’s transportation fuel crisis. The Oklahoma Bioenergy Center recently planted 1,000 acres of switchgrass in a research plot in the Oklahoma panhandle; this represents the world’s largest single plot dedicated to specifically cellulosic fuel research.

The 2008 Oklahoma Biofuels Conference will cover topics that include:

• New and proposed initiatives and funding for bioenergy research including the 2008 Farm Bill

• 2nd generation feedstocks for Oklahoma

• Discussion on food v. fuel debate

• Biorefinery construction – new players, plans and progress

• Biofuel impacts for end users

• Carbon control policies that may offer income potential for producers

• Energy sustainability

• Advances in feedstock conversion technology

With its tightly focused agenda, this conference is intended to appeal to a broad range of attendees including: biofuel producers, marketers and retailers; end users, including public and private fleet managers; research institutions; farmers, ranchers and agribusiness executives; private equity firms, venture capitalists, lenders and financial institutions; government regulators and representatives; entrepreneurs and anyone with an interest in this new and rapidly expanding Oklahoma energy industry.

Registration is $60. For more information, a complete list of speakers or registration, visit www.GrowOK.com or call 1-800-203-5494. The Oklahoma Biofuels Conference is presented by the Office of the Secretary of Energy, State of Oklahoma, in collaboration with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, the Office of the Secretary of Environment, State of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Bioenergy Center.

Editor’s note: for interviews with the Secretary of Energy or conference speakers or for photos of switchgrass or conference speakers, call Anglin Public Relations at (405) 840-4222.