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By Kathleen M. Roberts

On July 26, 2017, the Farewell to Unnecessary Energy Lifelines Reform Act of 2017 or FUEL Reform Act (H.R. 3419) was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Andy Biggs (R-AZ).  The bill would eliminate the following energy subsidies in Title IX of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002:

  • Biobased Markets Program;
  • Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program;
  • Repowering Assistance Program;
  • Biorefinery Program for Advanced Biofuels;
  • Biodiesel Fuel Education Program;
  • Rural Energy for America Program;
  • Biomass Research and Development Initiative;
  • Feedstock Flexibility Program for Bioenergy Producers;
  • Biomass Crop Assistance Program; and
  • Community Wood Energy Program.
The bill, which is co-sponsored by Representatives Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Trent Franks, (R-AZ), Walter Jones (R-NC), and Jim Jordan (R-OH), was referred to the Committees on Agriculture; Oversight and Government Reform; and Science, Space, and Technology.