Recognizing that the nation’s commitment to a large-scale increase in the use of biofuels presents formidable technological, economic, and regulatory challenges, the National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP) convened a Biofuels Infrastructure Task Force in April 2008. The specific aim of the Task Force was to examine critical issues for implementing the expanded federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) adopted as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
This paper presents the recommendations and findings of the Task Force, a group comprised of fuels and transportation experts with wide-ranging perspectives. Task Force members came together to identify key hurdles to the timely, cost-effective, and efficient deployment of biofuels infrastructure and vehicles and to develop practical, politically feasible proposals for overcoming them.
The recommendations described in this report reflect the deep expertise of Task Force members and the unbiased, bi-partisan character of NCEP itself, which draws from a broad spectrum of leading industry, government, academic, labor, consumer and environmental protection organizations. NCEP Commissioner Norm Szydlowski, formerly the President and CEO of Colonial Pipeline, led the Task Force.