Biomass Power Association Is Planning First Ever National Bioenergy Day

As we all know, bioenergy – including power from wood and agricultural byproducts, thermal, pellets and the other groups that fall into this category – represents enormous potential in the United States, for jobs and rural economies, for U.S. manufacturing, for renewable energy, and for healthy forests. Despite these benefits, we face a public that […]

As we all know, bioenergy – including power from wood and agricultural byproducts, thermal, pellets and the other groups that fall into this category – represents enormous potential in the United States, for jobs and rural economies, for U.S. manufacturing, for renewable energy, and for healthy forests. Despite these benefits, we face a public that is uninformed about bioenergy, and certain groups interested in distorting the truth and preventing the growth of our industry. One of our consistent challenges is an educational gap – or worse, a false perception that bioenergy causes deforestation or pollution.

National Bioenergy Day will be an opportunity for elected officials, media and other stakeholders to visit their local facilities to witness the firsthand the process by which wood and other organic materials generate energy. National Bioenergy Day participants will take the opportunity to demonstrate to visitors in person how bioenergy works – and its local economic and environmental benefits – so that legislators and other stakeholders understand the importance of supporting an energy source that provides power to their district.

We want stakeholders and visitors to come away from each local event with two takeaways: 1) a clear picture of bioenergy and its contributions to the local economy, environment and energy portfolio, and 2) an understanding of the legislative support that is needed to ensure that bioenergy, and all the industries that it encompasses, can continue to thrive and provide local economic and environmental benefits.

National Bioenergy Day will include activities in Washington, DC that will tie the local events together across the country to harness the power and combined strength of the industry. BPA will be providing educational materials and assistance with outreach.

From The Biomass Power Association: http://usabiomass.org/

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