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Biodiesel consulting group expands to other alt fuels

The new year brings new alternative fuel projects for the world's largest biodiesel consulting group, which is expanding to include consulting in ethanol, biomass, wind, solar and geothermal.
By Ron Kotrba | December 29, 2011

Lee Enterprises Consulting of Little Rock, Ark., the world’s largest biodiesel consulting group, recently announced its plans for expansion in 2012. The plans include expansion of the group’s services into ethanol, biomass, wind, solar and geothermal, and the addition of consultants and strategic partners.

According to the group’s principal owner, Wayne Lee, the expansion is a natural progression for the group. “We are currently the world’s largest biodiesel consulting group, and most of our consultants and strategic partners are already very involved in the other alternative fuels,” Lee said.

He added that his group’s current appraiser, environmental expert, QA experts, and grant writers have backgrounds and experience in these areas, and that the group’s larger strategic partners—Stoel Rives (legal), Christianson & Associates (accounting), IMA of Kansas (insurance), FCStone Merchant Services (feedstock financing), and Executive Leadership Solutions (staffing)—already have very significant presences in these other alternative fuels sectors.

“Our goal over the past several years has been to put together a top-notch team of the best biodiesel experts in the world,” said Lee. “I am quite satisfied that we have accomplished that goal and now address almost every need in the biodiesel sector.”  

Lee said his expansion plans stem from his belief in the harm caused by the world’s addiction to oil. “Most of the studies I have read indicate that peak oil is likely within the next 25 years,” he said. “When I see a rising oil usage worldwide, and note that more than 60 percent of the world’s oil reserves are in politically unstable areas, I am continually amazed that our elected officials have not made alternative fuels their top priority.”

Lee said that alternative fuels present a solution to many of the world’s problems—economic, environmental and security—and that the ramifications of failing to strengthen alternative fuels very quickly may be drastic. “I am a firm believer in biodiesel as the best alternative to diesel fuels and I strongly believe in its future,” Lee said. “But the overall solution to the world’s oil dependency rests with all the alternative fuels working together.” As a result, Lee wants his consulting group to be able to provide the same depth of assistance for all kinds of alternative fuels as they currently provide for biodiesel. 

Lee said that the group’s expansion into other alternative fuels will clearly involve the addition of new consultants and strategic partners in 2012 and beyond. His first goal will be to create strategic relationships with companies that are experienced and have a stellar reputation in the design and building of these other types of alternative fuels projects. “I want to be as comfortable with our ethanol, solar, wind, geothermal and biomass partners as I am of our current biodiesel EPC partner (Agri-Process Innovations of Stuttgart, Ark.),” he said, adding that he has already begun discussions among his group about potential new strategic partners, and hopes to announce the first of these new relationships early in 2012. 

“I envision a time very soon when anyone with any type of alternative fuels project can begin with a call to Lee Enterprises Consulting,” Lee said. “I believe that alternative fuels hold the keys to a better future, and I want my grandchildren to know that I helped created a better world for them.”

 

 

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