Tennessee Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors, and EPIC
Host Site Coordinator and Co-Coordinators: U.S. Department of Energy, Tennessee Department of Transportation, General Motors, and EPIC
Event Type: I-65 BioFuels Corridor Project
Attendees: Approximately 15,000 Individuals Attended and/or Were Reached Through Media Coverage
Event Highlights: The I-65 America’s First BioFuels Corridor Project allows owners of both flex fuel and diesel vehicles to travel from Lake Michigan to the Gulf of Mexico, the entire length of I- 65, on either E85 ethanol or B20 biodiesel. Tennessee announced the completion of the nation’s first biofuels corridor with an event at the Daily’s fueling station in Goodlettsville, which is just north of Nashville. The event was heavily attended and widely reported by the media. The participation by the U.S. Department of Energy also helped the state to showcase this national effort. Tennessee also broke ground on the first biomass biorefinery in Tennessee just days after the corridor announcement. Days after breaking ground on the biorefinery, Tennessee learned that they were one of the states chosen to work on the National Governor’s Association project to expand biofuels infrastructure. This event helped to serve as a kick off to a few key biofuels announcements for Tennessee.