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House Committee Holds Hearing on Bioenergy RD&D for the Fuels and Chemicals of Tomorrow
The hearing also considered advancements in bioenergy research and the potential role of this resource in a cleaner energy transition. Lastly, the hearing was intended to help inform future legislation to support and guide the United States’ bioenergy RD&D enterprise. Witnesses included:
Dr. Jonathan Male, Chief Scientist for Energy Processes and Materials, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL);
Dr. Andrew Leakey, Director of the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign;
Dr. Laurel Harmon, Vice President of Government Affairs, LanzaTech; and
Dr. Eric Hegg, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Michigan State University.
[ Dr. Andrew ] Leakey testified about the need for next-generation bioenergy and bioproducts as part of a decarbonized economy. According to Leakey, there is “enormous potential to produce abundant supplies of renewable bioenergy and bioproducts from plant biomass,” which would:
Develop a more just economy in which additional individuals and communities would receive economic benefit from the production of fuels and chemicals, including in rural areas;
Reduce reliance on foreign sources of energy and improve resilience in the face of international conflicts or natural disasters;
Support farming communities in developing a more diverse, sustainable, and resilient agricultural system; and
Counteract the progression of climate change.
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