The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has approved energy legislation that calls for 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels use by 2022. The bill also provides the necessary incentives to spur the development of commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol production.
The bill received bi-partisan support in the committee, with eight Republicans and 12 Democrats voting in favor of passage. Three Republicans opposed the measure.
In addition to increasing renewable fuels production, the legislation includes loan guarantees and other incentives for ethanol research and plant construction, support for production of “plug-in” gas-electric hybrids and requirements for more efficient appliances and light bulbs.
An overall goal would be established of reducing gasoline use by as much as 45 percent below what it otherwise is expected to be in 2030.