Increased Bioenergy Funding Met for FY07

On June 27, the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee funded the Bioenergy program (Sec. 931(c)) at its full authorization of $213 million for FY07. This is an increase of $63 million over the President’s request and the House appropriation level. This also represents an increase of $123 million over the FY06 funding level.

The Regional Bioeconomy Development Grants (Sec. 945) received $3 million; this program was not in the President’s request or in the House bill. The Senate committee report directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to study the “reverse auction” authorized in Sec. 942, Production Incentives for Cellulosic Biofuels. The Senate bill also clarifies language in Title XVII of EPAct 2005, Incentives for Innovative Technologies, which authorizes DOE to execute federal loan guarantees for various technologies, including the Cellulosic Biomass Ethanol and Municipal Solid Waste Loan Guarantee Program (Sec. 1511(b)). Full Committee markup is scheduled for Thursday, June 29 at 2:00 pm. The bill will go to the Senate floor after the Fourth of July recess and then will be conferenced with the House bill (H.R. 5427).
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