For Immediate Release: July 25, 2013

HOUSTON – Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) is pleased to welcome the Palmetto Agribusiness Council (PABC) as its newest affiliate member.

Formed in 1999, PABC has worked to create an environment where agribusiness can grow, prosper and compete in the marketplace of the future. Its members include representatives from forestry, row crops, finance, insurance, poultry, livestock, nursery and landscape, utilities and more.

“A clean, plentiful and affordable energy supply is a major component of the agribusiness industry’s ability to economically produce, harvest and transport essential products to consumers,” said Palmetto Agribusiness Council Executive Director Cathy Novinger. “Our industry, like many others, would benefit from a greater supply of domestically produced energy, which includes exploring our offshore drilling potential and the use of different fuel alternatives.  PABC is proud to be a part of the efforts of CEA in finding solutions to meet the energy needs of Americans.”

“We are thrilled to welcome PABC as our newest partner,” said Adam Waldeck, Executive Director of CEA Southeast. “They’ve been a strong and vocal advocate for a number of vitally important issues, from opening up the Atlantic coast for offshore exploration to building the Keystone XL pipeline, both of which would help to decrease energy costs for the South Carolina consumers and strengthen American energy security.”

Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) brings together consumers, producers and manufacturers to engage in a meaningful dialogue about America’s energy future. Our mission is to help ensure stable prices for consumers and energy security. We believe energy development is something that touches everyone in our nation, and thus it is necessary for all consumers to actively engage in the conversation about how we develop and diversify our energy resources and energy’s importance to the economy. CEA promotes a thoughtful dialogue to help produce our abundant energy supply, and balance our energy needs with our nation’s environmental and conservation goals.

For more information on Palmetto Agribusiness Council, visit their website.

For more information on Consumer Energy Alliance, please visit or contact Amelie Hereford at (713) 337-8833,