DOE auditors rap knuckles for not reaching biorefinery goals

September 16, 2013 |

In Washington, an auditor’s report of the DOE’s financial assistance for integrated biorefinery projects found that despite over 7 years of effort and the expenditure of about $603 million, the Department had not yet achieved its biorefinery development and production goals. Specifically, the EPA mandate to demonstrate the commercial application of integrated biorefineries had not been met and the Department was not on target to meet its biofuels production capacity goal.

While the Program reported meeting its goal to demonstrate the successful operation of three integrated biorefineries by 2012, the auditors noted that none of these refineries were at the commercial scale. Additionally, the auditors found that the
Program had not fully addressed independent review panel recommendations to improve Program management.

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