U.S. House passes alternative energy bill

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Biofuel and ultra-low-sulfur diesel provisions are included in a bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives that would accelerate the development and widespread use of renewable energy technologies.

House members approved HR 6203, the Alternative Energy Research and Development Act of 2006, which promotes biofuels, solar, wind, clean coal and hydrogen to mitigate dependence on foreign oil. The U.S. Senate received the bill Sept. 30, but Congress is recessed until Nov. 13 for the election.

Among many other provisions, the bill would require the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop methods and technologies that would allow biofuels to be used in existing infrastructure such as pipelines, and give fuel suppliers a practical way to test the sulfur content of ULSD.