Statement from Growth Energy on the Passing of Ray Katzen

WASHINGTON –Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, released the following statement in honor of Dr. Raphael “Ray” Katzen, who recently passed away at the age of 93.

“I was saddened to learn of the passing of one of our industry’s founding fathers. Ray was an ethanol pioneer who brought the industry to life both domestically and internationally. He envisioned the potential of our industry to advance to cellulosic ethanol long before anyone else. He also penned the ambitious Project 20 – a plan to produce 20 billion gallons of cellulosic ethanol by 2020 – a vision that Growth Energy and others in the industry are striving to make a reality. His legacy will live on forever in our hearts and our minds.”


About Growth Energy
Growth Energy is a group committed to the promise of agriculture and growing America’s economy through cleaner, greener energy. Growth Energy members recognize America needs a new ethanol approach. Through smart policy reform and a proactive grassroots campaign, Growth Energy promotes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, expanding the use of ethanol in gasoline, decreasing our dependence on foreign oil, and creating American jobs at home. More information can be found at