Biofuels and Biomass
Biofuel and biomass products supplement traditional fossil fuels, providing Americans with a versatile, natural energy source to power vehicles and generate electricity. Widespread use of liquid biofuels can lead to more stable prices at the gas pump and cleaner vehicle emissions. As Governor, I promoted the expansion of Virginia’s liquid fuels infrastructure and bioenergy production capacity in my comprehensive Energy Plan.1 During my term, I was proud to announce the opening of a new Synergy Biofuels facility in Lee County2 and awarded $10 million in federal funds to 15 biomass projects across Virginia.3 I also signed a biofuels incentive grant to encourage production, with a special incentive for sources that are not used for food.4
• As Senator, I will end subsidies for inefficient corn-based fuels.
• I will support the utilization of byproducts like logging waste and landfill gas to generate electricity and conserve landfill capacity.
• I will support the growth of Virginia’s biofuel and biomass industries to create jobs, produce valuable goods for export, and advance our energy independence by tapping into the Commonwealth’s native resources.
1Commonwealth of Virginia. Department of Mines, Minerals, & Energy. The Virginia Energy Plan. 2007.
2Office of the Governor. “Governor Kaine Announces 30 new jobs for Lee County.” December 2007.
3Virginia Business.com. “Virginia biomass projects receive $10 million in federal stimulus. January 2010.
4Office of the Governor. “Governor Kaine Announces Legislation to Promote Green Jobs.” January 2009.