The government’s plan to advance biofuels for military and commercial transportation needs is in alignment with the 25x’25 vision in its intent to help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and strengthen rural America. 25X’25 believes that while aiming to reduce U.S. oil imports and create jobs, the initiative will position American companies and farmers to be global leaders in advanced biofuels production.
The joint plan calls for the Departments of Agriculture and Energy to partner with the Navy with each investing up to 170-million dollars over the next three years, in partnership with the private sector, to produce advanced drop-in aviation and marine biofuels to power military and commercial aircraft and vehicles. USDA will oversee the production of feedstocks, including bioenergy crops and cellulosic sources such as wood chips and corn stover. DOE will oversee the production technology and the Navy will provide a market for the advanced biofuels.
25X’25 says it is important that the Obama administration maintain a strong commitment to first-generation ethanol, which currently provides ten percent of the nation’s fuel supply, but should allowe greater market access.