U.S. Farm Bill Could Help Cellulosic Ethanol Production

The recently passed farm bill includes US $1 billion in funds for renewable energy programs and new feedstock production for bioenergy. The bill reauthorizes several programs, including the 2002 Farm Bill’s energy title. Programs include grants and loan guarantees for rural communities and farmers to install renewable energy and energy efficiency systems, feedstock diversification and production and biomass research and development.

The farm bill is expected to help pave the way for companies like BlueFire Ethanol that are working to increase U.S. biofuels production through its patented, commercially viable and profitable system that transforms cellulosic waste into ethanol.

“The farm bill provides a much needed US $1.01 per gallon tax credit for the cellulosic biofuel industry,” said Arnold Klann, President and CEO of BlueFire. “Congress’s continued support for the development of clean energy technologies is a key step towards full-scale commercial production of cellulosic ethanol and making America energy-independent.”

BlueFire Ethanol is one of six ethanol companies awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Energy for its planned ethanol production facility using cellulosic wastes diverted from landfills in Southern California. The facility will produce approximately 17 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year from green waste, wood waste and other cellulosic urban wastes.

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