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Building on the success of last year’s energy-themed conferences on climate, on natural gas, on coal, etc., the Senate Energy Committee has scheduled a similar all-day session to examine the use of biofuels in America’s transportation sector. Bipartisan planning for this Feb. 1 forum is already well under way.  As before, this conference, in Dirksen G-50, will be open to the public and the press.
 
 
Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee
 
Transportation Biofuels Conference
 
Committee Encourages Broad Public Participation; Deadline To Submit Proposals is Jan. 12
 
 
Conference Date:      Thursday, Feb. 1
Time and Place:         9:30 -Noon and 2:30-5:00 p.m., Dirksen G-50
 
Submittal Deadline:   Friday, Jan. 12 at 5:00 p.m.
Submittal Address:    Biofuels_Conference@energy.senate.gov
 
 
 
Sen. Bingaman: “One of the preeminent energy policy questions facing us is how to diversify energy supplies for transportation. As our first energy hearing next week will show, the United States faces significant energy security challenges stemming from our dependence on foreign oil.  Biologically derived fuels have an important role to play in promoting our energy security.”
 
Sen. Domenici: “In light of the growing demand for oil and its sustained high prices, I think biofuels will be increasingly important to America. We created strong incentives for these fuels in the energy bill. This timely conference will explore the state of the industry and give us some insight on any further steps the government or industry can take to mainstream their use.”
 
 
The Committee has invited interested parties to respond to one or more of five questions related to transportation biofuels.  The questions and guidelines for responses are found on the Committee’s website.   All submittals will be reviewed; however, only a limited number of participants can be invited to participate in the conference.  The limitation is necessary to manage the meeting and permit a useful exchange of ideas.  All efforts will be made to ensure that a variety of stakeholders and recommendations are represented.  Invitations to participate in the conference will be made by Jan. 18.
 
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