U.S. Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

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Key Activities

The Bioenergy Technologies Office's key activities are aimed at producing a viable, sustainable domestic biomass industry that produces renewable biofuels, bioproducts and biopower; enhances U.S. energy security; reduces U.S. oil dependence; provides environmental benefits (e.g., reduced greenhouse gas emissions); and creates nationwide economic opportunities. Meeting these goals requires significant and rapid advances in the entire biomass-to-bioenergy supply chain—from the farmer's field to the consumer.

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Office Summaries 

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Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment

The Office uses an integrated framework to manage its research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities. The Office down-selects the most promising opportunities through systematic investigation and evaluation of a broad range of emerging technologies across several technology readiness levels. This approach supports a diverse technology portfolio in applied research and development, and identifies the most promising targets for follow-on industrial-scale demonstration and deployment. For more information on specific activities within Office platforms, please view the Research and Development section of the website.

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The Bioenergy Technologies Office currently requests funding by activity through the annual Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill. The Office also received funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Annual budgets guide Office activities, including research opportunities; funding opportunity announcements and awards; and Office technology focus. Budget focal points for the Bioenergy Technologies Office over the past five fiscal years have been on the following activities:

The chart below shows annual budgets (dollars in thousands) for Office activities beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2008, as well as the 2013 budget request.

Chart showing annual budgets for Program activities beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2008, as well as the 2013 budget request.

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Federal and state policies support and guide the development and use of advanced biofuels. These policies range from directing and funding biofuels research, development, and deployment; to ensuring interagency coordination of biofuels-related efforts; to requiring assessments of existing biofuels policies and programs. The main policy driver that influences Office efforts is the Energy Independence and Security Act:

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The Bioenergy Technologies Office works with other federal agencies, national labs, industry, non-profit organizations, and academia to share and learn from valuable insights and perspectives that can help identify the most critical challenges facing the biofuels industry. By utilizing partnerships, the Office is able to better define and employ strategies with partners to overcome challenges in effectively deploying biofuels and bioproducts. Some prominent partnerships include:

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Content Last Updated: 08/20/2013