The Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office held its annual Biomass 2013 conference July 31 and August 1. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz awarded $22 million to five drop-in biofuel projects. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack advocated against the repeal of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Representative John Garamendi (D-CA) promoted biomass funding, especially for Defense Department alternative fuel programs. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) commented that oil tax incentives should be repealed if alternative energy tax breaks are allowed to expire.