Renewable fuels pioneer Fred Potter dies

February 20, 2012 |

In Washington, Fred Potter died February 18th in Virginia, after a two-year battle with colon cancer. He was 54.

Fred Potter was one of the founders of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition and an instrumental figure in the early days of the DOE office of Alcohol Fuels, the founding of the Renewable Fuels Association and founded Hart Downstream Energy Services, and served as an EVP of Hart Energy at the time of his death.

Doug Durante, of CFDC, writes: “Fred Potter stood with Ronald Reagan in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, witnessing the president sign the Alternative Motor Fuels Act into law. In 1990, he was seated on the front row in the East Room of the White House as President George H.W. Bush signed the Historic Clean Air Act Amendments. He launched Fuel Reformulation magazine in 1991, the International Fuel Quality Center in 1998, and the Global Biofuels Center in 2004.

“For 30 years, Potter tirelessly used everything from private golf outings with presidents to one-on-one meetings and large-scale conferences with world leaders to champion policies, international information-sharing and cooperation on public health, emissions and fuels. His goal was always to foster dialogue between industry and government in order to arrive at the smartest solutions and advances in refining, fuels, vehicles and renewable energy.”

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