Nelson, Johanns sponsor biogas bill
The Grand Island Independent, Nebraska, Saturday, January 24, 2009

"Nebraska Sens. Ben Nelson and Mike Johanns are among the sponsors of
legislation promoting the development of biogas — a natural gas
substitute created by converting agricultural, animal or other organic
wastes — through tax incentives.

“We already have the technology to break down these wastes to create
biogas, but it needs encouragement from the federal government to become
a commercially viable alternative to natural gas,” Nelson said.

He said the new energy source would benefit rural communities and the
environment while lessening the country’s dependence on fossil fuels and
ensuring energy security.

“This bill promotes innovative technology for the production of
renewable energy, and it is good for Nebraska’s livestock producers,”
said Johanns. “In addition to being a potentially abundant energy
resource, biogas holds the added benefit of turning manure from a waste
product into an energy resource.”

Nelson is the lead sponsor of the bill. Along with Johanns, Sens. Mike
Crapo of Idaho, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, John Thune of South Dakota, Ron
Wyden of Oregon and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan are co-sponsors.

Nelson’s legislation, the Biogas Production Incentives Act of 2009,
would encourage greater production of biogas for energy purposes by
providing biogas producers with a tax credit of $4.27 for every million
British thermal units (mmBtu) of biogas produced.

“This could mean more jobs and a boon for rural communities,” Nelson said.

Biogas production also offers environmental benefits such as a reduction
in the greenhouse gas emissions of both carbon dioxide and methane and
improved water quality through better manure management."

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