Thu, Dec 10, 2009
$600 Million To Be Doled Out By DOE For Biofuel Projects
The FAA said Wednesday it welcomes the announcement by
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Secretary of Agriculture Tom
Vilsack of more than $600 million in awards to advanced biofuel
projects. At least four grant recipients are working on
technologies to produce fuels including renewable jet fuels. A
number of the awardees also have a long standing relationship with
the FAA co-sponsored Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels
Initiative (CAAFI) which coordinates public and private sector
efforts to develop sustainable alternative jet fuels to help the
aviation sector address energy and climate change challenges.
“Renewable jet fuels are critical to building the cleaner,
more sustainable Next Generation commercial aviation system in the
United States,” said Nancy LoBue, FAA Acting Assistant
Administrator for Aviation Policy, Planning and Environment.
“This Administration is committed to establishing domestic
renewable jet fuel production, address energy security, improve the
environment and also create jobs in rural America.”
CAAFI seeks to enhance energy resources and environmental
sustainability for aviation through alternative jet fuels.
The initiative is a coalition of the U.S. commercial aviation
community that acts as a focal point for engaging the emerging
alternative fuels industry. It enables its diverse
stakeholders to build relationships, share and collect needed data,
identify resources, and direct research, development and deployment
of alternative fuels.
CAAFI’s sponsors include the FAA office of Environment and
Energy and three trade associations: Airports Council
International of North America (ACI-NA) representing commercial
airports, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) representing
U.S. manufacturers, and the Air Transport Association representing
U.S. airlines. CAAFI stakeholders are drawn from all elements
of the international commercial aviation industry, fuel suppliers,
universities, and multiple U.S. government agencies.
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