Genscape's Dr. Steffen Mueller visited the White House earlier this week along with an Illinois delegation to discuss new renewable fuel standards. An expert on the economic and environmental impacts of biofuels and a senior director on Genscape's agriculture and biofuels team, Dr. Mueller is a leading expert on the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Renewable Fuel Standard rule that requires transportation fuel to include renewable fuels, mostly ethanol.
The original rule required the ethanol target to rise in the coming years. The Administration's latest proposal would reduce corn ethanol volumes by 1.4 billion gallons for 2014. Addressing the ethanol issue, Congressman Bill Foster said that “our country must move away from its dependence on fossil fuels, toward a renewable energy economy, and ethanol is a critical component. As a scientist and businessman, I believe that policy decisions should be based on the most accurate numbers, and recent analyses show that modern ethanol production is an important tool to preserve our environment and expand our economy.”
While at the meeting, Dr. Mueller shared insights regarding the country’s current dependence on fossil fuels as well as the idea of moving toward an economy that uses more renewable resources. Read Foster Leads Delegation Encouraging White House To Support Renewable Energy to learn more about the meeting.
Dr. Mueller holds a joint appointment between Genscape and the University of Illinois at Chicago Energy Resources Center. He is currently working on product development for the LandViewer Agricultural Risk Management platform that Genscape licensed from the University of Illinois. As part of his academic appointment he is publishing on the environmental impact and benefits of biofuels production and the new technologies that improve the efficiency of renewable fuel pathways.
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