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U.S. Energy Department to allocate $118 million to biofuels projects

The U.S. Department of Energy will announce over $100 million in funding to expand U.S. biofuels production to cut greenhouse gas emissions from transportation and meet climate goals.

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Choices at the gas pump including ethanol or no ethanol gas are seen in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., Jan. 29, 2020.
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NEW YORK, Jan 26 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday, Jan. 26, will announce over $100 million in funding to expand U.S. biofuels production, as the Biden administration works to cut greenhouse gas emissions from transportation and meet climate goals, the department told Reuters.

The department plans to award $118 million to 17 projects designed to accelerate the production of biofuels, which can be made from biomass including agricultural waste, soybean oil and animal fats. The funds add to the more than $500 million the DOE has put into bioenergy and biorefinery research and development over the past two years, the department said.

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The DOE's funding includes awards to universities and private companies ranging from $500,000 to $80 million for various pre-pilot, pilot and demonstration projects, the department said. The projects are expected to eventually create millions of gallons of lower-carbon fuel annually.

"DOE investments are helping to build out a domestic bioenergy supply chain that increases America's energy independence, creates jobs, and accelerates the adoption of cleaner fuels for our transportation needs," said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.

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The projects will create jobs across nine states, the DOE added.

About 16.8 billion gallons of biofuels were consumed in the United States in 2021, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That compares to the about 134.83 billion gallons of motor gasoline that were consumed in the same year.

The Biden administration has said biofuels will be needed to lower emissions, including in the aircraft industry with lower-carbon sustainable aviation fuel.

(Reporting by Stephanie Kelly; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

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