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Jay Kesan





Biofuels: Law and Regulation

Scientific advances will provide the technical solutions to achieving mass production of cellulosic ethanol.  However, achieving cellulosic ethanol’s full potential will require deft navigation of emerging legal, regulatory and political barriers. This program analyzed biofuel laws and regulations to facilitate development of optimal policies for commercialization.  At the forefront of this effort was working to establish sustainability standards for biomass and biofuels systems that encompass both greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and mitigation of other environmental affects (Note: the program is now operating as two projects: Federal/State Law and Policy, and System Sustainability).


Biofuel Law and Regulation: Federal/State Law and Policy

This project studies the legal and regulatory regimes, frameworks, policies, and institutions at the federal and state level affecting the commercialization of second-generation biofuels. Based on these analyses, well-reasoned regulatory reforms will be developed. By helping to better inform policy discussions about the optimal structure of biofuel-related laws and regulations, the work will prove highly beneficial to biofuel producers and the developing biofuels industry in general (started in 2012).