Senate Committee Approves Biofuels Legislation
The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved energy legislation that calls for 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels use by 2022. The bill also provides incentives to spur the development of commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol production.

Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), hailed the legislation as being "to cellulosic ethanol what the 2005 energy bill was to grain ethanol. Combining all the sound provisions of previous renewable energy proposals, this legislation will provide the kind of incentive and opportunity for wide-scale investment in the development of ethanol production from materials in addition to grain.

"Whether it's the fiber in the kernel of corn, the corn stalks left on the field, switchgrass, wood chips or any other agricultural byproducts, we will need ethanol production from all these sources to achieve a more secure and stable energy and environmental future."

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