Industry Associations urge U.S Department of Energy to transfer funds to Defense Production Act


Industry Associations urge U.S Department of Energy to transfer funds to Defense Production Act

Greentech Lead
: The Biotechnology Industry Organization, the Advanced BioFuels
Association, the Algal Biomass Organization, Airlines for America, and the
National Farm Bureau Federation have jointly written to the Senate
Appropriations Committee to include authorization for the U.S. Department of
Energy to transfer funds to the Defense Production Act necessary for an
interagency project to ramp up production of military aviation and diesel

The joint initiative from these industry associations aims
at improving energy security with advanced biofuel production in the U.S.
According to them advanced biofuels and other alternatives can replace military
fuels derived from crude oil without disruptions or changes to existing
equipment or infrastructure while reducing dependence upon oil imports.

Further the letter states DOE’s ability to direct funds to
this initiative will further its mission to ‘ensure America’s security and
prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges
through transformative science and technology solutions.’

Further the efforts will also build on past DPA successes
that have resulted in domestic production capacity for valued defense
materials, such as silicon carbide ceramics, indium phosphide and gallium
arsenide, as well as aluminum and titanium, which are ubiquitous in nearly all
major weapons systems.  

BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology
companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related
organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations.
 BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest
gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor
and partnering meetings held around the world.

The member companies of The Advanced BioFuels Association
(ABFA) represent the new generation of advanced and renewable technologies that
will help drive America’s new economy and fuel a sustainable future for the

The Algal Biomass Organization (ABO) is a non-profit
dedicated to promoting the development of viable commercial markets for
renewable and sustainable commodities derived from algae. Its membership is
comprised of people, companies and organizations across the value chain.