A STRONG HISTORY OF RENEWABLE ENERGY RESEARCH AND EDUCATION

In many ways, Oklahoma is the intersection between agriculture and energy, placing Oklahoma State University on the frontline in the need to develop new technologies that increase the efficiency of or create new energy sources. Since the early 1990s, our future-minded, multidisciplinary, multi-institutional OSU Biofuels Team has been committed to conducting basic and applied research necessary to making renewable energy crops a practical enhancement of the nation’s energy portfolio. In 1970, approximately 70 percent of the oil used in the United States came from domestic sources. In 2007, that number was 35 percent. By 2025, estimates are that it could be less than 23 percent. Factor in the increase in global demand, the nationalization of 80 percent of the world’s oil reserves, carbon tax legislation and renewable fuel standards and it is clear that the American energy policy is undergoing significant change. The need to diversify America’s energy resources has never been more vital. OSU is particularly well-positioned to take a lead role in helping the U.S. become a viable biobased economy, with leadership and expertise in every aspect of biofuels research and development. Please take a moment and peruse this website that shares how OSU is helping America supply its energy needs in sustainable and cost-effective ways that also promote greater energy independence.

Robert E. Whitson  
Former Vice President, Dean and Director
Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Oklahoma State University