Bioenergy Committee

The ASERTTI Bioenergy Committee works on a wide range of bioenergy research and technology transfer issues, including renewable transportation fuels (e.g., ethanol, biodiesel), bioproducts, agricultural energy efficiency, waste utilization, and distributed generation. The committee's activities include:

  • Sharing bioenergy research and technology transfer results;
  • Identifying state institution research and technology transfer priorities;
  • Facilitating coordination among the state and federal bioenergy efforts;
  • Developing collaborative public-private bioenergy projects; and
  • Promoting the bioenergy interests of state energy institution members at the national level.

ASERTTI Bioenergy Committee Co-Chairs

Committee Resources

ASERTTI Webinar on Biofuel Breakthroughs

On Monday, November 19, 2012, ASERTTI hosted a webinar on Crops for Cars: Biofuel Breakthroughs for the Transportation Sector, as part of its Emerging Technologies Webinar series. During the webinar, Dr. Heike Sederoff, Assistant Professor of Plant Sensory Genomics and Metabolic Engineering of Microalgae at North Carolina State University, discussed research efforts in genetically modifying the oil-crop plant Camelina sativa to produce high quantities of both modified oils and terpenes. Dr. Vic Knauf, Chief Scientific Officer at Arcadia Biosciences, presented on their work to develop plants that produce vegetable oil in their leaves and stems rather than in seeds; and Dr. Christer Jansson, Bioenergy Program Lead at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), highlighted LBNL’s efforts to modify tobacco to enable it to directly produce fuel molecules in its leaves for use as a biofuel.

The webinar presentations can be viewed and downloaded here.

ASERTTI Moderates Panel at Biomass 2012

Working with partners at the DOE Biomass Program, ASERTTI’s Executive Director David Terry moderated a state focused bioenergy panel on July 10, 2012 in Washington, D.C. The panel, entitled "Bioenergy Coast-to-Coast: State Strategies for Accelerating Advanced Biofuels,” was part of the Biomass Program’s fifth annual conference, Biomass 2012: Confronting Challenges, Creating Opportunities – Sustaining a Commitment to Bioenergy. Panel presentations, that included the Gas Technology Institute (GTI), an ASERTTI member organization, addressed key topics like expanding the available feedstocks for biofuels beyond corn; the need for state policy to keep pace with new bioproducts; the formation of stakeholder clusters for regional collaboration; examples of stable policy with continuity for advancing bioenergy; and the status of companies on the brink of producing fuels for the market. 
Additional information about Biomass 2012, including the full program and presentations, can be viewed at

ARPA-E Presents to ASERTTI Executive Committee

In an effort to increase collaboration between the Advanced Research Projects Agency -- Energy (ARPA-E) and ASERTTI Members, Jonathan Burbaum, Program Director at ARPA-E, was invited to deliver a presentation at the ASERTTI’s January 2012 Executive Committee meeting on some of the transformative research and development ARPA-E is pursuing with regard to bioenergy. Dr. Burbaum’s presentation can be viewed here.

Summary of State Biofuel Incentives

In cooperation with the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), ASERTTI has prepared a summary of State Incentives for Biofuel Production and Use. Click here to access the summary.

Digester Performance Partnership

Under the ASERTTI Digester Performance Partnership project, participating members and U.S. EPA are working to achieve a generally accepted methodology for assessing the performance and financial viability of anaerobic digesters, allowing livestock producers, environmental officials, and public and private investors to make fully informed decisions. Read More >>