DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY WASHINGTON DC.
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The purpose of this document is to outline a research and development roadmap and identify public policy measures for promoting and developing environmentally desirable biobased fuels power and products. It represents the collective assessment and expertise of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The research strategies outlined in this road map will help achieve the goals established by the Committee in the Vision for Bioenergy and Biobased Products in the United States. The Committee represents experts from wide-ranging backgrounds relevant to biomass resources technologies and markets, A list of Committee members is provided in Appendix I. The Committee was established by the Biomass R & D Act of 2000 (RL. 106-224) Its responsibilities include advising the Secretaries of Energy and Agriculture on the technical focus and direction of requests for proposals issued under the Biomass R & D Initiative and evaluating and performing strategic planning on program activities relating to the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (P.L. 106-224, Sec 206). The Committee developed this roadmap at the request of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a tool to assist in biomass-related research planning and program evaluation. Through the Roadmap for Biomass Technologies in the United States the Committee has provided direction to the Department of Energy the Department of Agriculture the Department of the Interior the Environmental Protection Agency the National Science Foundation and the Office of the Science and Technology Policy. The Roadmap was developed through a series of public meetings of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee.