Lee says 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 twenty five years” he says. “When I see a rising oil usage worldwide, and note that more than 60% 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 says 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” says Lee. “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 says 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, Arkansas),” he says. Lee says he has already started 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”, he says. “I believe that alternative fuels hold the keys to a better further, and I want my grandchildren to know that I helped created a better world for them”.
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Lee Enterprises is a biodiesel consulting firm specializing in project oversight & management, feasibility studies, grants, business plans, and assistance with planning, market analysis, site evaluation, feedstock selection and procurement, process technology, evaluation, offtake distribution, RINs, financing, capital budgeting, cold soak, filtration, personnel, and contract negotiations (for feedstock, off-take, transportation, construction, site purchase/lease, and plant management). The group also owns National Business Brokerage, Inc., a full service business brokerage firm specializing in the buying and selling of biodiesel plants. Lee Enterprises, 1503 East Kiehl Ave., Sherwood, AR 72120. (501) 833-8511. www.lee-enterprises.com.