Department of Defense Can Be a Leader in Deploying Technology for Advanced Biofuels, BIO Says

BIO thanks Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) for introducting the Domestic Fuel for Enhancing National Security Act of 2011.</p>

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Thursday, May 26, 2011) - Extended Department of Defense (DOD) purchasing contracts for advanced biofuels can help innovative companies unlock investment opportunities for construction of biorefineries. The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today thanked Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) for introducing the Domestic Fuel for Enhancing National Security Act of 2011, which would allow the Department of Defense to increase long-term contracts with biofuel producers from 5 years to 15 years for the purchase of advanced biofuels.

“To achieve true energy independence, the United States need to dramatically increase advanced biofuel production. But that requires capital investment in deploying new technologies. Expanding the Defense Department’s ability to engage in long-term contracts would provide advanced biofuel companies needed market stability as they commit capital to building new biorefineries,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section.

“The Defense Department recognizes that domestically produced advanced biofuels are vital to our energy security. For instance, they can reduce the military’s dependence on foreign oil and shield it from volatile energy supplies and prices. The common sense changes to Department of Defense procurement policies in this legislation can move the country another step closer to energy security,” Erickson concluded.


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