Source: Ethanol Promotion and Information Council

Statement from Toni Nuernberg, executive director, Ethanol Promotion and Information Council:

"I am proud to announce that the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) Board of Directors will be recommending a transition plan to EPIC's membership to join Growth Energy, a newly formed organization dedicated to the promise of agriculture and growing America's economy through cleaner, greener energy. The mission of EPIC's formation-growing ethanol awareness through public relations, marketing and promotions-will continue as a core platform of Growth Energy's initiatives.

"This new broad-based organization and its members are dedicated to growing America's vital ethanol industry which is changing and growing very quickly as it works to help improve America's environmental platform while aiding in the reduction of the need for foreign oil. As we prepare for President Obama and his administration to begin its work on behalf of the American people, it is important that the alternative energy industry have a strong presence in the Beltway and continue educating our elected officials and our family, friends and neighbors about the environmental, economic and security benefits alternative energies such as ethanol bring to our communities and country. Growth Energy will work in collaboration with others to ensure that the ethanol industry continues to play an important role in our energy and environmental policy as our country begins to act on its commitment to environmental health and energy independence.

"During the next few months, EPIC's programs and staff will be transitioning into Growth Energy. We are excited to be part of this new organization with a broad vision for not only the success of America's agriculture and biofuels industry, but will also work to ensure that on a worldwide basis, biofuels are developed in a sustainable manner.

"Today, the ethanol industry is helping America take a step closer to energy independence, and our industry plays a vital role in rural economic stability, environmental longevity and energy independence. Ethanol is essential and the only viable liquid transportation solution available today."