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35 Closer to home INL is encouraging state participation in energy systems planning and assessment which is important to establishing policy and strategies that enable future energy systems to be built. For example in FY 2012 the state of Wyoming passed legislation to team with INL. It studied how hybrid energy systems can best be used to convert Wyomings fossil and wind energy resources into higher value products. The partnership has already delivered its research report to the legislature. Enhancing biofuel quality INL is pioneering approaches for processing biomass feedstock for biofuels production while also developing a commodity concept that could transform biomass utilization. In FY 2012 INLs Bioenergy Program completed 60 milestones set by DOEs Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office of Biomass. These included five top-priority Joule milestones. For example INL successfully achieved with third-party validation feedstock cost targets for corn stover harvest and storage a key step in making U.S. bioenergy economically sustainable. The lab also leads efforts to formulate unique blends of feedstocks and additives left that can improve biofuel production efficiency. Leading energy advances INL is providing the thought leadership and research tools that are advancing research testing and deployment of hybrid energy systems which pair two or more energy resources to yield energy security benefits. INL partnered with the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis at the National Renewable Energy Lab to co-sponsor an international hybrid energy systems workshop in Salt Lake City. The workshop identified research topics important for advancing the potential use of hybrid systems with a specific focus on nuclear-renewable hybrid systems. About 40 people representing national laboratories universities and energy companies attended from across the U.S. China and France. 55 experimental runs in the feedstock Process Demonstration Unit at INL 76 tons of biomass processed for 11 project customers 24 technical papers submitted or published by INL biomass researchers 19 conferences where INL biomass researchers presented RD results including a keynote address at the Northeast Biomass Heating Symposium