Obama admin provides $35M for bio-based R&D

Source: Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, March 23, 2012


The Obama administration announced plans today for spending as much as $35 million over the next three years on the research and development of advanced biofuels and other bio-based products.

The Agriculture and Energy departments would jointly administer the program that the administration is touting as part of President Obama’s “all of the above” energy policy.The plan comes a month after the president directed agencies to purchase more bio-based products (E&ENews PM, Feb. 21).The funding — which is subject to approval by congressional appropriators — would be distributed through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative to develop biomass feedstocks, bio-based animal feeds and tools for analyzing the effects of cellulosic biofuel on the environment.