As Alaska Airlines begins the first campaign of biofuel revenue flights in the U.S., the government is working with industry to scale up production of biomass-derived jet fuel to commercial quantities, beginning in 2012. “U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] is working with the Department of Energy and the Navy to put together a package to commercialize drop-in biofuels,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says in an interview with Aviation Week. Under a $510 million program ...

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