“One of those most promising [clean energy] industries has been American biofuels,” said Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, to attendees of the Renewable Fuels Association’s (RFA) Washington Legislative Forum held this week in Washington, D.C.
Domestic biofuel production is at the highest level ever, and monthly production has increased more than 40% in the last three years, Zichal said, adding, “That means that biofuels are already reducing our dependence on oil, cutting pollution and creating jobs across the country.”
“A year ago, the president set a goal of breaking ground on at least four commercial-scale cellulosic or advanced biorefineries by 2013. That goal has been accomplished, one year ahead of schedule. Together, these projects will produce nearly 100 million gallons of advanced biofuels per year.”
Zichal added that EPA’s implementation of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) is critical to promoting future growth in renewable fuels production. “At the same time, we’re taking steps to help level the playing field,” Zichal said. “Not only has the administration supported repealing subsidies for oil and gas companies, the president announced that we’re taking new steps to crack down on manipulation in the oil markets to help protect consumers at the pump.”
Zichal also addressed the Obama administration’s commitment to infrastructure of renewable fuels and technologies. “Now, as we produce more biofuels, it’s also important that we focus on deployment.”
Zichal pointed out the millions of dollars that USDA has authorized for the installation of blender pumps capable of offering various ethanol blends.
RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen said, “President Obama and his team appreciate the vital contributions already being made by existing ethanol producers and are committed to ensuring the commercialization of promising new ethanol technologies. The RFA looks forward to working with President Obama, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, and other administration officials like Heather to tackle the challenging issues of reducing our dependency on imported oil and creating American jobs.”