The Department of Energy has made it clear that it favors a technology-somewhat-neutral, "all-of-the-above" strategy for developing energy alternatives for the US, as the new Strategic Plan 2014-2018 (PDF) states. What this looks like in the real world is another $10 million for "Technologies to Produce Advanced Biofuel Products from Biomass."

That's what the DOE is looking for with a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that has the main goal of finding alternatives to petroleum-based fuels (so, advanced biofuels) as well as products (like plastics) that are made from "renewable, non-food-based biomass, such as agricultural residues and woody biomass." The long-term goal for those petroleum alternatives is an effective cost of $3 a gallon by 2022 as the US reduces petroleum use by 30 percent from today's levels. You can find more information in this announcement: DE-FOA-0001085 (PDF), including the fact that lignocellulosic sugars are not going to be supported by these funds.
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Energy Department Announces $10 Million for Technologies to Produce Advanced Biofuel Products from Biomass

April 15, 2014

The Energy Department today announced up to $10 million in funding to advance the production of advanced biofuels, substitutes for petroleum-based feedstocks, and bioproducts made from renewable, non-food-based biomass, such as agricultural residues and woody biomass. This supports the Department's efforts to make drop-in biofuels more accessible and affordable, as well as meet the cost target equivalent of $3.00 per gallon of gasoline by 2022.

The Energy Department encourages industry to invest in the production of cost-competitive, advanced biofuels and bioproducts from renewable, abundant biomass. Advancing and commercializing cost-competitive biofuels will help the Department work toward its goal of reducing current petroleum consumption in the United States by approximately 30%, and, in turn, enhance U.S. national security and reduce carbon emissions. For more information and application requirements, visit the Funding Opportunity Exchange website.

The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy accelerates development and deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. Learn more about EERE's work with industry, academia, and national laboratory partners on a balanced portfolio of research in biomass feedstocks and conversion technologies.

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      $3.00 / gallon gasoline from biomass! read exocarb com pull down menu for $1.47 / gallon gasoline from coal. see section for $3.00 from biomass.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      $3 per gallon for biofuel derived from these sources is literally impossible by thermodynamics and economics. You might as well be funding cold fusion. The only way for biofuel to be even remotely economically viable is to take advantage of a waste source. But these people in government have no accountability to worry about when they waste money. 90% of DOE money spent ends up being an absolute waste. The pentagon has no idea where 8.5 trillion dollars it has spent went to. The DOE is not much different.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        DOE are paid to waste money. Revolution in the energy markets could be achieved with modest effort, especially conservation strategies. But revolution is potentially destabilizing so government wonks find new politically-motivated ways to waste money, while our energy policy slowly corrects the problem over the course of 20-25 years. Same with healthcare reform and all other reforms. If DC is going to take an entire generation to improve life in our country, why do we need them? Markets are perfectly capable of solving problems slowly after disaster has struck.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hear hear!
      Marco Polo
      • 1 Year Ago
      In a week when nearly every recent study proves that corn-ethanol, is environmentally more harmful than gasoline, the DoE put another 10 million into the industry. Since the funds are basically for research, I suppose $10 million isn't really a lot, and some bio-mass project can be useful. For the environment sake, the US should revoke its ethanol mandate, immediately.
      • 1 Year Ago
      $3.00 / gallon gasoline from biomass!