Audit Report: DOE/IG-0893: Follow-up Audit of the Department of Energy's Financial Assistance for Integrated Biorefinery Projects   [open pdf - 412KB]

"The Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office (Program) supports the development of biomass resources into commercially viable biofuels, bioproducts and biopower. The Program provides financial assistance for integrated biorefinery projects to assist in building and operating facilities at each scale of development: pilot, demonstration and commercial. The 'Energy Policy Act of 2005' (EPAct) directed the Department to carry out a program to demonstrate the commercial application of integrated biorefineries. Subsequently, the 'Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007' established additional goals involving advanced biofuel production. […] In our prior audit, 'Financial Assistance for Biomass-to-Ethanol Projects' (DOE/IG-0513, July 2001), we reported that the Department had not met its goal to build a full-scale commercial biomass production facility by the year 2000, and provided recommendations for improving Program performance. Management concurred with the recommendations, and agreed to examine its policies and practices relative to the award, monitoring and termination of financial assistance. Due to the importance of the Program, we initiated this audit to determine whether the Department was meeting its integrated biorefinery performance goals."

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Department of Energy, Office of Inspector General, Office of Audits and Inspections, Report No. DOE/IG-0893
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