Bill aims to help Algae-based Biofuel Industry

Congressman Harry Teague has introduced legislation that would make algae-based biofuels eligible for the same tax incentives available for cellulosic biofuels such as ethanol, the congressman’s office reports. The Algae-based Renewable Fuel Promotion Act would expand the definition of cellulosic biofuel to include algae.

Sapphire Energy of San Diego, Calif., has constructed a test facility in the West Mesa Industrial Park in Las Cruces where it produces algae to extract oil to create fuel. The company has endorsed the legislation along with the Biotechnology Industry Organization, Algal Biomass Organization and others.

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