Rhode Island Biomass Bill Stalls In General Assembly

A Rhode Island bill that could have cleared the way for biomass power plants won’t move forward this legislative session. Biomass is wood waste that is burned to generate electricity. It’s also considered a renewable resource. The bill would have included biomass in the state’s “net-metering” program, which gives credits to customers for extra power […]

A Rhode Island bill that could have cleared the way for biomass power plants won’t move forward this legislative session. Biomass is wood waste that is burned to generate electricity. It’s also considered a renewable resource.

The bill would have included biomass in the state’s “net-metering” program, which gives credits to customers for extra power generated by renewables, such as solar and wind, that flows back into the electrical grid. Those credits can lower ratepayers’ utility bills.

The biomass bill had already been approved by the Senate and was up for approval by the full House. However, State Representative Kenneth Marshall, a Bristol Democrat and sponsor of the bill, decided this week to stop pushing the bill because of strong opposition close to the end of session.

Environmentalists have said burning biomass emits harmful pollutants like carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide. However, Marshall claims that is misinformation.

Governor Gina Raimondo said she would have vetoed the bill in its current form because of concerns from the environmental community.

From Rhode Island Public Radio: http://ripr.org/post/controversial-ri-biomass-bill-not-moving-forward-general-assembly-year#stream/0

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