|Broward's First Ethanol Shipment Arrives At Port Everglades|
On the heels of Congressional approval and President George W. Bush signing into legislation the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, Broward County's Port Everglades received its first shipment of ethanol fuel today.
The ethanol shipment of 2.52 million gallons will go to multiple petroleum terminals at Port Everglades. Several terminal operators are preparing for the future distribution of alternative fuels by constructing new tanks or converting existing tanks to handle ethanol and other "green" fuels.
"We applaud the petroleum terminal operators at Port Everglades for their foresight to have infrastructure in place to handle alternative fuels, which we believe will be in much higher demand in the near future," says Port Everglades Director Phillip C. Allen. "Port Everglades is prepared to further support the expansion of alternative fuels as part of its Green Ports initiatives."
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 represents a major step forward in expanding the production of renewable fuels, reducing our dependence on oil, and confronting global climate change. It will increase our energy security, expand the production of renewable fuels, and make America stronger, safer, and cleaner for future generations, according to the President upon signing the Act into legislation on December 19, 2007.
As one of South Florida's leading economic engines, Port Everglades is the gateway for international trade and cruise vacations. Port Everglades is one of the busiest cruise ports worldwide. It is among the fastest growing container ports in the United States, according to the PIERS import/export database. And, Port Everglades is South Florida's main seaport for receiving petroleum products including, gasoline and jet fuel. The Port Everglades Department is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund of Broward County government with operating revenues of approximately $112.5 million. It does not rely on local tax dollars for operations. The total value of economic activity at Port Everglades surpasses almost $17 billion. More than 188,000 Florida jobs are impacted by the Port, including 11,000 people who work for companies that provide direct services to Port Everglades.
More information on Port Everglades, which is governed by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, is available on the Internet at www.broward.org/port, e-mailing PortEverglades@broward.org, or by calling 954-523-3404.