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DOE, EPA, And USDA Release Biogas Opportunities Roadmap Progress Report
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On December 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap Progress Report. The report shows the timeline of achievements that have been made since 2014 when the Roadmap was originally created, including the new Renewable Fuel Standard rule, streamlined REAP applications and scoring criteria, expanded biomass definitions, and increased funding for a larger range of biofuel projects. The Roadmap was originally created to take advantage of biogas systems to reduce methane emissions while producing enough energy to power over three million homes by encouraging cost-effective strategies for voluntary methane emission reductions. The report identifies next steps that will occur within the next two years to further this goal, including new modeling efforts for biogas, innovation challenges, and an EPA website for anaerobic digestion and biogas.