Biomass, biofuel groups hopeful Trump will support bioenergy

By Erin Voegele, Biomass Magazine.

On Nov. 8, the U.S. elected republican nominee Donald Trump to serve as its 45th president. Representatives of the biomass and biofuels industries are saying they look forward to working with the new administration and federal lawmakers to expand the production of bioenergy.

"This election was in part about boosting the economy and creating more jobs in rural America, places where a biomass facility makes a real impact,” said Bob Cleaves, president and CEO of the Biomass Power Association. “We are getting to work planning for a Trump Administration and the investments in rural communities and infrastructure that are likely to come with it. We look forward to continuing our work with our many congressional biomass supporters on both sides of the aisle."  

The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas has pointed out that because Trump has not held prior elected office and does not have a voting record, there is a justifiable degree of inquisitiveness about the future. The organization also noted the most highlighted issue on the campaign trail impacting the RNG industry was the renewable fuel standard (RFS), which Trump consistently supported.