Air Transport Association applauds biofuel funding announcement

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Air Transport Association of America (ATA) today hailed the announcement made jointly by the US Departments of Energy (DOE) and Agriculture (USDA) to release up to US$25 million in funding for research and development of biofuels, including aviation biofuels. ATA, a founding and principal member of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), has been working to hasten the availability of these funds, pursuant to the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (commonly known as the 2008 Farm Bill).

This announcement is the first step in implementing provisions found in the 2008 Farm Bill that provide grants for commercial-scale biofuel demonstration projects, including those that could ultimately produce clean, homegrown, renewable, jet fuel. This program will work in conjunction with other provisions in the Farm Bill that were implemented earlier this year to provide loan guarantees for construction of commercial-scale alternative fuels production facilities.

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“We are thrilled that the Obama administration has worked quickly to secure this funding for alternative energy,” said ATA president and CEO James C. May. “This commitment to the research and development of advanced renewable fuels will allow for commercial-scale demonstration projects and other important activities that will move us closer to commercially viable, environmentally-friendly, alternative jet fuel. ATA and its member airlines look forward to working with the federal government to further promote the rapid development of these exciting new fuel sources.”