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August 17, 2011

Billion-Ton Update on U.S. Homegrown Energy Resources

Biofuel jobs could be coming to a community near you, according to a collaborative report released on August 10 by DOE that details the huge potential of U.S.-produced biomass. Thanks to research from scientists and engineers from across industry, government, and several universities, the 2011 U.S. Billion-Ton Update: Biomass Supply for a Bioenergy and Bioproducts Industry report offers a glimpse of a clean energy economy made up of a significant portion of sustainably produced biofuels.

The 2011 Billion-Ton report is a follow-up to the original 2005 report that concluded the United States has the ability to annually produce a billion dry tons of biomass for biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts. The August 10 report—a joint effort by DOE, its national laboratories, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture—predicts that agricultural and forest lands from across the country can sustainably produce more than a billion tons of biomass annually, all by developing underutilized land resources and all while still meeting forecasted demands for food, feed, and fiber resources. See the Energy Blog post.