Novozymes Nebraska Plant Hosts Senior U.S. Department of Energy Official

Event showcased company's leadership in developing enzyme technology for advanced biofuels; emphasized need for extending renewable energy programs highlighted in President Obama's State of the Union address.

Today Department of Energy (DOE) Senior Advisor Peter Gage joined Novozymes North American President Adam Monroe at the company’s new enzyme plant in Blair, Nebraska to showcase the company's enzyme technology and emphasize the need for energy programs touted in the President’s State of the Union address. They also emphasized the importance of providing America’s students and workers the education and training they need to gain the jobs of tomorrow.

“As part of his blueprint for an American economy built to last, President Obama called for an all-out, all-of-the-above energy strategy that’s cleaner, safer, full of new jobs and develops every available source of American energy,” said Gage. “Extending the Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit will encourage further investment in clean energy manufacturing here in Nebraska and across the nation, ensuring new windmills, solar panels and biofuel products are produced and assembled by American workers.” 
In his January address, President Obama called for an ‘all-out, all-of-the-above’ strategy on American energy.  The enzyme plant is creating short-term construction and long-term professional jobs; and it is moving the country away from foreign oil and towards homegrown, American-made renewable fuel, energizing the economy and increasing domestic security. Today, the United States creates more home-grown biofuels for cars, trucks – and its growing military needs – than it imports from Saudi Arabia.
“Renewable energy is real. Novozymes is proud of our successful investment in manufacturing here in Nebraska, helping to diversify our nation’s energy portfolio. We are creating jobs here in Blair and more economic opportunity for farmers and rural communities,” said Monroe. “President Obama has called for a new era of American energy, creating good American jobs by leveraging our domestic energy resources. We appreciate our strong partnership with the Department of Energy, where the private sector is the engine of growth – and the public sector provides consistent policy support.”
Prior to touring Novozymes’ new production facilities, Gage, Monroe and Owen visited the Metropolitan Community College’s Washington County Technology Center, a collaboration between the community college, the Gateway Development Corporation, the city of Blair, Washington County, Novozymes and several other Blair industry partners. The Center’s program helps prepare students for entry-level employment and advancement opportunities as technical professionals in process and power plants with hands-on training in real work environments.