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|New Hire Chris Voell|
|News - New Hires|
|Tuesday, 31 July 2012 13:52|
Please describe your agricultural background.
The two organizations I worked most closely with to accomplish this were USDA and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. I worked directly with dairy producers, state agencies, universities and others involved in the livestock and ag sectors.
What territory will you cover?
What are your new responsibilities?
I will be helping to grow Cornerstone Environmental’s (parent company to BioCNG) services in the growing organics management sector: digesters, source-separated organics facilities, composting, transfer facilities, etc.
Lastly, I will be working to craft national and state policies aimed at allowing for increased biogas use and the transformation of the nation’s transportation fleets towards alternate fuels.
What previous positions have you held?
What excites you most about working in your new role?
Being able to offset diesel and gasoline with CNG not only provides a strong economic boost (25-50 percent of diesel/gasoline cost) to the vehicle owners, but a great environmental one as well (90 percent less carbon footprint, less air pollutants, less noise).
How will you be of help to dairy producers in your new role?
I think the production of vehicle fuel may also allow for the better engagement of the entire liquid milk chain as they see the value in the potential direct use of the CNG in hauling and processing applications, and in the renewable fuel and GHG credits that will arise.
Why did you choose this company?
When they approached me with this opportunity, I thought it fit my background perfectly. While I had enjoyed my previous 10 years at EPA, I was eager to join Cornerstone to help build this business as I truly believe it can help make America stronger both financially and environmentally.
What goals would you like to accomplish while in this position?
I would like to see dozens and eventually hundreds of BioCNG systems operating around the U.S. at digesters, fueling everything from farm equipment and vehicles, to sheriffs' fleets (which we already do in Louisiana) and garbage trucks.
I hope that these systems can help, for example, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy to meet its goal of 1,300 digester systems by 2020, by providing a feasible alternative for use of digester biogas.
We’ve been dependent on foreign oil – to the tune of about $1 billion dollars a day – for too long. I hope to help break that cycle. PD