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Manchin introduces alternative fuels bill

May 11, 2011
By JESS MANCINI ( , Parkersburg News and Sentinel

PARKERSBURG - West Virginia's junior senator is partnering with Republicans and introducing a bill to remove restrictions to the development of alternative fuels.

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Fuels Act

Repeals Section 526 of the 2007 energy bill which restricts the government from buying alternative fuel.

Creates a reporting requirement for domestic fuel-focused Loan Guarantee Program facing continued delays at the Department of Energy. Increasing transparency in the program will help speed the process by pinpointing the delays in the bureaucratic process.

Promotes algae-based fuel that uses carbon capture and sequestrations.

Clarifies synthetic natural gas production facilities are eligible for the loan guarantee program. Synthetic gas can be produced from coal, biomass, petroleum coke or solid waste.

Allows the Department of Defense to enter into 20-year contracts for alternative fuels.

Requires the Environmental Protection Agency to consider the increased demand and the decreased emissions from electric vehicles in setting performance standards for new electric generation facilities.



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