8 SecurityADVANCING ENERGY Advancing biofuels production In 2011 the U.S. Department of Energy hosted a workshop at INL with government university and industry partners to forge a path forward for improving the quality of biorefinery starting material. Roughly 100 workshop participants convened at INL to discuss technical challenges and tour the Feedstock Process Demonstration Unit PDU a powerful new research platform based at the lab read more on pages 18 and 27. Assessing energy resources Energy resources concentrated along the Rocky Mountains and northern plains in Canada and the U.S. are world class because of their diversity magnitude and longevity. They also provide a foundation for regional economic development. In 2011 INL conducted a comprehensive assessment of resources in this Western Energy Corridor to provide a stimulus for binational regional dialogue about their development. INL provided the Western Energy Corridor report to governors and premiers within the western region. The document provides an overview of the energy resources associated infrastructure and influences within the region. Improved energy security systems INL is a multiprogram national lab that supports deployment of new energy solutions and critical infrastructure protection. INLs isolated site test bed infrastructure and applied science focus are ideal for experimentation demonstrations and assessments that help protect the nations resources and security. TheWestern Energy Corridor report was produced at the request of Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer. Unique INL capabilities enable its researchers and collaborators to generate large quantities of test materials for bioenergy producers.