Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) released its new strategic plan, titled Strategic Plan for a Thriving and Sustainable Bioeconomy. The strategic plan lays out BETO’s mission to accomplish its vision in a dynamic setting that realizes changes in the energy landscape, advances in technology, growing environmental awareness, and public expectations.

The strategic plan is BETO’s blueprint on how it will tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in building a sustainable U.S. bioeconomy. It sets the foundation for the development of BETO’s multi-year program plans, annual operating plans, and technology program areas. It also takes a crosscutting approach to identify opportunities to adapt and align BETO activities and project portfolios with those in both the public and private sectors. 

As part of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), BETO crafted its strategic plan to align with the goals in EERE’s 2016–2020 Strategic Plan and Implementing Framework.

BETO’s Strategic Plan for a Thriving and Sustainable Bioeconomy centers around four key opportunities:

  • Enhancing the bioenergy value proposition
  • Mobilizing our nation’s biomass resources
  • Cultivating end-use markets and customers
  • Expanding stakeholder engagement and collaboration.

Each of these key opportunities reflects paths for BETO to support its mission to develop and demonstrate transformative and revolutionary sustainable bioenergy technologies for a prosperous nation. The strategic plan outlines goals for each of these key opportunities, which will be implemented through a range of substrategies and measured by specified success indicators.

BETO supports national energy security, development of a clean energy economy, and environmental sustainability goals through developing and transforming domestic renewable biomass resources into commercially viable, high-performance biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. BETO achieves this by conducting targeted research, development, and demonstration supported by public and private partnerships.