Todd Sneller, who heads the Nebraska Ethanol Board, says it’s crucial to convey that fact to members of Congress as they review the standard that’s under attack by the oil industry.
“That’s very important in terms of convincing policy makers that it’s essential to have a consistent public policy that encourages that investment and entrepreneurship,” Sneller says. “This is a very strong signal and an important part of what companies need to do.”
The report also says if the RFS is implemented properly, it will help drive the production of more clean, low-carbon fuels.
Sneller agrees and says there are a number of advanced biofuel choices available.
“A number of the emerging feedstocks we’re seeing are very important, whether they’re more conventional like grain sorghum and sugars or some of the more advanced and intriguing things like algaes and a variety of other feedstocks,” he says.
Both Sneller and the report say that new investments and regulatory certainty will help ensure the successful commercialization of these projects. Nebraska is the nation’s number-two producer of ethanol, behind only Iowa.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton