Streamlining Biofuels Registration Act Introduced in the House

Democrat Cheri Bustos of Illinois and Republican Jim Hagedorn of Minnesota introduced the Streamlining Advanced Biofuels Registration Act of 2020 into the House of Representatives. The legislation would encourage low-carbon fuel production and increase the production of cellulosic biomass into renewable fuels. It would expedite the approval process at the Environmental Protection Agency for low-carbon biofuel pathways, an issue that has stalled technological progress for years. “Unnecessary delays have stalled progress on the biofuels industry’s ability to harness clean energy from agricultural residue, corn fiber, and waste,” says Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “We know that cellulosic technologies can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 100 percent or more, providing options for negative-emissions liquid fuels and providing a low-cost alternative to petroleum-based aromatics that poison our air and threaten our health.” She says the legislation will help jumpstart growth in these innovative technologies at a time when revitalizing rural communities has never been more important. A companion bill has been introduced in the Senate by Republican John Thune of South Dakota and Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat.