H.R.230 - 21st Century Energy Independence Act of 2011

To authorize the Secretary of Energy to make loan guarantees for cellulosic ethanol production technology development. view all titles (2)

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  • Official: To authorize the Secretary of Energy to make loan guarantees for cellulosic ethanol production technology development. as introduced.
  • Short: 21st Century Energy Independence Act of 2011 as introduced.

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Official Summary

21st Century Energy Independence Act of 2011 - Instructs the Secretary of Energy (DOE) to seek to ensure: (1) the availability of 200% of the volume of renewable fuels required to be available in the United States by 2013 under the Energy Policy Act of 2005; and (2) the reduction of carbon

Official Summary

21st Century Energy Independence Act of 2011 - Instructs the Secretary of Energy (DOE) to seek to ensure:
(1) the availability of 200% of the volume of renewable fuels required to be available in the United States by 2013 under the Energy Policy Act of 2005; and
(2) the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from the production and use of renewable fuels by 25%. Directs the Secretary to establish a loan guarantee program for up to 80% of the cost of a project for:
(1) the harvesting, storing, and delivery of agriculture residues for use in cellulosic or traditional ethanol production plants;
(2) cellulosic ethanol production technologies that will reduce the initial capital cost to $2.50 per annual gallon, and operation and maintenance costs to 125% of those at traditional corn ethanol plants;
(3) advanced biomass gasifiers that can provide specified thermal input requirements for traditional ethanol plants to produce syngas; and
(4) scaled catalytic conversion projects to convert syngas to liquid fuels. Permits such loan guarantees for:
(1) a traditional ethanol plant only if the agriculture residue products are used as feedstock to replace thermal input requirements otherwise provided by fossil fuels; and
(2) an existing ethanol plant only if the applicant demonstrates the potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions related to ethanol production by at least 75%. Authorizes the Secretary to provide grants for up to 50% of the capital costs of the initial commercialization for certain cellulosic ethanol production technologies.

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