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Energy from abundant, renewable, domestic biomass can reduce U.S. dependence on oil, lower impacts on climate, and stimulate jobs and economic growth.

Energy from abundant, renewable, domestic biomass can reduce U.S. dependence on oil, lower impacts on climate, and stimulate jobs and economic growth.

Feedstocks

Feedstocks

  • Farmers
  • Seasonal workers
  • Tree farm workers
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Harvesting equipment mechanics
  • Equipment production workers
  • Chemical engineers
  • Chemical application specialists
  • Chemical production workers
  • Biochemists
  • Aquaculture technicians
  • Agricultural engineers
  • Genetic engineers and scientists
  • Storage facility operators

Conversion

  • Microbiologists
  • Clean room technicians
  • Industrial engineers
  • Chemical & mechanical engineers
  • Plant operators

End Use

  • Station workers
  • Construction workers
  • Codes & standards developers
  • Regulation compliance workers
  • Consultants
  • Chemists

Transport of Feedstocks & Biofuels

  • Truck drivers
  • Truck filling station workers
  • Pipeline operators
  • Barge operators
  • Railcar operators
  • Train station operators

What's driving job creation?

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) requires that advanced biofuels supply at least 21 billion gallons of U.S. motor fuels by 2022. Meeting this EISA-mandated Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) will require unprecedented growth in the U.S. bioindustry over the next decade.

Where can I find classes or training?

The National Training and Education Resource (NTER), developed by the U.S. Department of Energy, is a set of Web and learning technologies that can reduce costs while simultaneously enhancing the education and training capabilities of colleges and universities around the country. One NTER course is available in the bioenergy sector: A Case for Algal Biomass.

For anyone interested in learning more about the bioenergy industry, BETO offers several valuable educational resources on its website:

Workforce and Economic Need

Successfully growing the U.S. bioindustry will require new systems and networks to efficiently produce, harvest, and transport large quantities of diverse feedstocks. Biofuels will need to be produced from new biomass sources, such as switchgrass, fast-growing trees, crop residues, algae, and municipal wastes. Technologies will be needed to economically convert biomass into a range of advanced biofuels; new or expanded infrastructure may be needed.

The availability of skilled workers at all levels will be critical to successfully growing the U.S. bioindustry. Construction and operation of new U.S. biofuel refineries, which have nearly tripled in number since 2004, have already created many new jobs. Scientists and engineers are at work developing new feedstocks, conversion technologies, and advanced biofuels, while construction workers are building the infrastructure needed to transport, store, and deliver the biomass and biofuels.

A robust bioindustry will create high-paying jobs while helping reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil. One industry report estimates that production, construction, and research in the ethanol industry supported more than 383,000 jobs (about 87,000 direct, 86,000 indirect, and the remainder induced) across the economy in 2012. As the industry expands beyond ethanol to include a wide range of advanced biofuels and biopower, additional jobs will be created. If production ramps up to meet current mandates, studies suggest that one to nearly two million new jobs could be added across the economy by 2030.1

1John M. Urbanchuk. Contribution of the Ethanol Industry to the Economy of the United States, (2013). Renewable Fuel Association. http://ethanolrfa.3cdn.net/af18baea89e31dadbe_68m6bnto3.pdf