Louisiana Passes Advanced Biofuel Legislation

Louisana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed into law the Advanced Biofuel Industry Development Initiative, one of the most comprehensive and far-reaching state legislation packages in the U.S., which could be used to develop a statewide advanced biofuel industry. Louisiana is the first state to enact alternative transportation fuel legislation that includes a variable blending pump pilot program and a hydrous ethanol pilot program.

The legislation includes a field-to-pump strategy developed by Renergie Inc. and plans for a decentralized network of small advanced biofuel manufacturing facilities, under which each advanced biofuel manufacturing facility operating in Louisiana will produce no less than 5 million gallons of advanced biofuel per year and no more than 15 million gallons of advanced biofuel per year.

There are also inclusions for pilot programs for fuel blending and hydrous ethanol. The bill, HB 1270, entitled “The Advanced Biofuel Industry Development Initiative,” was co-authored by 27 members of the state legislature. The original bill was drafted by Renergie, Inc.

“The two pilot programs, providing for an advanced biofuel variable blending pump trial and a hydrous ethanol trial, established by the State of Louisiana should be adopted by each and every state in our country,” said Brian Donovan, CEO of Renergie.

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Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. Today, in addition to managing content on POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference for the transmission and distribution industry. You can reach her at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com

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