Members Announced for the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

January 15, 2008

The members of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee were announced on January 15th by DOE's Secretary of Energy, Samuel Bodman, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Acting Secretary Chuck Conner. The Committee assists DOE and USDA in meeting national goals that support energy security and rural economies. The chosen committee members, of which six are new and seven are reappointed, will serve three year terms. For a list of all of the newly appointed and reappointed members, see the DOE press release.

The Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee was founded as part of the Biomass Research and Development Act of 2000. The Committee encourages closer collaboration among federal and state agencies, industry, and growers and provides expert advice on strategic planning; the technical focus of requests for proposals, and procedures for reviewing and evaluating funding proposals. Its members meet quarterly and come from varied academic, federal, environmental, and commercial backgrounds. Their next meeting is scheduled for February 6-7, 2008, in Washington, D.C. See the Biomass Research and Development Initiative Web site.