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Library of Congress Summary
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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.
House Republican Conference Summary
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