Representative Kristi Noem introduced legislation that, if enacted, would expand the 2007 Energy Bill definition of “Renewable Biomass” to include materials harvested from private and national forest land. This change would mean cellulosic ethanol derived from the waste and slash piles from planned forest maintenance, pine beetle-infested trees, and other means would count toward the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
“Expanding this definition is a strong step toward better managing our forests in the Black Hills while enhancing our ability to produce more American-made energy,” said Noem. “There’s no sensible reason why cellulosic ethanol derived from forest land should be excluded from the RFS standard. This bill fixes that problem and will incentivize more cellulosic ethanol production to meet our nation’s renewable energy goals.”
The bipartisan bill, H.R. 1920 is cosponsored by Oregon Representative Kurt Schrader.
South Dakota Senator John Thune introduced a companion bill in the U.S. Senate last month.
Source: the office of Representative Noem