25 x 25 Alliance
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- "25x'25 Vision: By 2025, America's farms, forests and ranches will provide 25 percent of the total energy consumed in the United States, while continuing to produce safe, abundant, and affordable food, feed and fiber."
- Implications of Energy and Carbon Policies for the Agriculture and Forestry Sectors (PDF) By Burton C. English, Daniel G. De La Torre Ugarte, Chad Hellwinckel, Kimberly L. Jensen, R. Jamey Menard, Tristram O. West, and Christopher D. Clark, November 2010. "The 25x'25 Alliance asked the University of Tennessee’s Bio‐Based Energy Analysis Group (BEAG) to analyze how several proposed policy instruments might impact land use change, feedstock production, feedstock prices, and farm income, as well as carbon costs and payments for producers. Results in this report focus on agriculture and forestry sector analysis; providing potential impacts on agriculture and forestry as a result of the establishment of a [ US ] national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) and the allowance of carbon capture and sequestration payments."
- 29 June - 1 July 2010, Arlington, Virginia (Washington, D.C. area) USA: The Sixth National 25x'25 Summit. (Themes: 25 x 25 Alliance, agriculture, biomass, forestry, national security, policy, sustainability)
- 31 March-2 April 2009, Arlington, Virginia (near Washington, D.C.), USA: 5th National 25x'25 Renewable Energy Summit. (Themes: 25 x 25 Alliance, renewable energy, United States)
- 11-13 March 2008, Omaha, Nebraska, United States: 4th National 25x'25 Renewable Energy Summit - "Bringing the Vision to Life: Win-Win Solutions for America's Energy Future" (Themes: renewable energy, 25x'25 campaign)
- Bad time to kill E15, retired Navy leader says, 21 February 2011 by Agriculture.com: "Retired Vice Admiral Denny McGinn and other leaders of 25 x ’25 Alliance, a coalition of almost 1,000 groups that favor getting 25% of the nation’s energy from renewable sources by 2025, criticized a vote in the House last week that would kill, at least for this year, any implementation of a 15% blend of ethanol in gasoline (E15) by the EPA."
- "'This is a wrong-headed vote because any concerns about any impact of higher ethanol blends have been answered,' said the Alliance’s co-chair, Read Smith."
- "'The vote also negatively impact's the nation's economy, our balance of payments and public health by further increasing our dependence on oil and exposure to toxic emissions associated with gasoline production and use,' Smith said in a statement.
- USDA Reports Show U.S. Ag Can Meet Demand for Food, Feed and Fuel, 18 August 2010 by 25 x 25: "News recently coming out of USDA is more evidence of the ability of U.S. agriculture to produce crops large enough to satisfy the demand for food, feed AND fuel. According to reports released by USDA, America’s farmers are on course toward a record corn crop and record yield per acre this year, passing the records set only a year ago."
- In Defense of Biomass, 11 August 2010 by 25 x 25: "Over the past several years, the production of biomass for use as renewable energy has elicited criticism from some on Capitol Hill and from some in the environmental community who have drawn their conclusions from flawed assumptions and misconstrued data."
- "The latest assault is focused on greenhouse gas emissions from bioenergy and other biogenic sources and more specifically how they should be calculated. Farm and forestry bioenergy feedstock suppliers and their partners along the value-chain are being aggressively challenged about the ways in which they measure and account for the differences between bioenergy pathways and fossil fuel pathways."
- "In response, the 25x’25 Alliance has created a new work group that will develop recommendations for how greenhouse emissions (GHGs) from biomass energy development should be calculated. The mission of the Work Group is to develop a set of overarching bioenergy accounting principles that policy makers and regulators can use to assess the GHGs from bioenergy and other biogenic sources."
- "The EPA is currently soliciting information and viewpoints to help the agency address the issue of the carbon neutrality of biogenic energy. The agency has imposed a Sept. 13 deadline for the public comment period, and the Work Group’s first priority is to study the issue of biogenic emissions and provide EPA with information and recommendations."
- Nation's Forests Can Meet Demands for Energy, Bioproducts and Traditional Uses, 12 March 2010 blog post by 25x’25: "25x’25 has created a Wood-to-Energy Work Group that is bringing together major forestry, conservation and industry stakeholders in a series of roundtable discussions around current and future uses of wood. The goal of these discussions is the development of consensus recommendations on how best to increase and expand the role and contribution of the nation’s private and public forest lands to national energy needs while continuing to provide wood for traditional uses."
- "[A] significant finding was that without major change in public land management policy, public lands will likely not contribute in any significant way as a source of supply for traditional wood product or biomass for energy. This shortfall in supply potential is particularly unfortunate given the potential gains in forest health, fire reduction and productivity on the public lands and the economic benefits to rural communities that could result from the wider use of their resources."
- "[T]he participants agreed that if woody biomass is to contribute more to the nation’s energy future while also supplying all traditional uses, there must be more investment and expansion of short rotation woody crop production on marginal crop and pasture lands, including the use of genetically improved trees."
- Administration Support for Biofuels is Part of a Bigger Policy Need, 4 February 2010 blog post by 25 x 25 Alliance: "The final rule adopted by EPA this week to implement the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) set in the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act correctly recognizes that high-efficiency, first-generation ethanol can, and will continue to, contribute to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions."
- "The agency and Administrator Lisa Jackson, a member of the working group, wisely broadened the scope of the research to cover wider spectrum of countries impacted by ILUC (from 40 to 160) and took into account more recent crop yield and land productivity numbers."
- "The latest research also saw an improvement in numbers for soy biodiesel, which now will be able to qualify for the advanced RFS subcategory, biomass-based diesel." 
- 25x'25 Issues Sustainability Principles to Guide Evolution of Renewable Energy Future, 12 March 2008 Press Release by the 25x'25 Alliance: "Principles that will assure a sustainable 25x'25 renewable energy future were released today during the 4th National 25x'25 Summit in Omaha, Nebraska.
- "This new set of guiding, environmental principles cover air quality, biodiversity, biotechnology, efficiency and conservation, greenhouse gas emission, invasive species, private and public lands, soil erosion and quality, water quality and quantity and wildlife. The principles also set economic and social guidelines for access to infrastructure, incentives and market development, access and distribution."
- Download the 25x’25 Sustainability Principles (PDF file)
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