Acting Program Manager Valerie Reed provides her thoughts on the state of the industry and the Bioenergy Technologies Office's efforts to help the nation secure a clean energy future.
Earlier this year, I came across an article from AOL Energy where BP Biofuels North American President Sue Ellerbush is quoted as saying “The cellulosic ethanol and advanced biofuels industry is on the cusp of an increase in scale that will prove biofuels critics wrong. We know the technology works and very soon we will be saying, “I told you so!”
I started working with the Bioenergy Technologies Office 19 years ago and people within the Department, and even within the Office, shared with me the concerns that we wouldn’t see that kind of technology “in my lifetime.” Well, the last time I checked I am still alive and WE ARE seeing it! Four commercial-scale biorefineries have already broken ground, with the backing of strong companies that have the potential to make them successful. We have also successfully validated technologies across the entire value chain to show that cellulosic ethanol will indeed be cost competitive with petroleum. [More]