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Energy Dept. biofuels grants available

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Washington (UPI) Dec 22, 2008
Up to $200 million for pilot and demonstration-scale biorefineries is available to develop cost-efficient advanced biofuels, the U.S. Energy Department says.

The money is to support development of programs that include using feedstocks such as algae and production of advanced biofuels such as bio-butanol, green gasoline and other innovative biofuels, the department said Monday in a news release.

Part of the eligibility requirements includes the requirement that the projects support the Energy Department's strategy of increasing the nation's energy, economic and national security by reducing reliance on foreign oil and reducing greenhouse gases, the department said.

While supporting deployment and increased biofuels usage, the department said it still would focus on research and development of advanced biofuels technologies.

"This funding opportunity will look for the most promising technologies that can advance the potential of renewable biomass as a resource for second generation transportation biofuels," Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy John F. Mizroch said.

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Analysis: Central Asian biofuel potential
Washington (UPI) Dec 18, 2008
Of the former Soviet Caucasian and Central Asian republics, those clustered around the shores of the Caspian, particularly Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, have seen their economies boom because of record-high energy prices. Turkmenistan is waiting in the wings as a rising producer of natural gas, but the story changes as one moves farther east to Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, where geographical isolation and relatively scant hydrocarbon resources have largely precluded them from cashing in on global energy demands. Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are largely dependent for their electrical needs on their Soviet-era hydroelectric infrastructure, but their heightened need for winter energy has led to autumnal and winter water discharges, severely impacting the agriculture of their western downstream neighbors Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.

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