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biomass emissions

Forestry, Paper Industries Prevail On Biomass In Omnibus Draft

Emissions from forest biomass would continue to be treated as carbon-neutral and the EPA would be barred from regulating lead in bullets and fishing tackle under the draft omnibus spending bill, congressional aides told Bloomberg Environment. Both the ammunition and forest biomass regulatory provisions would be retained from previous spending measures. The biomass language would […]

Report Ignites Debate Over Biomass As Climate Change Solution

A new report from Chatham House has reignited debate over biomass as a carbon-neutral form of energy. The report, Woody biomass for power and heat: impacts on the global climate, argues that biomass emits more carbon per unit of energy than most fossil fuels because wood is less energy-dense. Biomass’s claim to carbon neutrality rests […]

Wood Industry, NGOs In Historic Alliance Over Biomass Concerns

In a historic link-up, wood-using industries and environmental NGOs on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean have jointly written to UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark asking him to remove subsidies that currently pay coal-fired power plants to convert to burning biomass, and to commit to a comprehensive review […]

Report: Is Woody Biomass A Carbon Neutral Energy Source?

With climate commitments looming, the European Union has mandated that 20 percent of its energy come from renewable sources by 2020. As such, many electricity producers are fueling their boilers with woody biomass, typically harvested from forests and non-forest sources like mill waste and construction debris, and then compressed into dense pellets for burning. It’s […]

Minnesota State University Class Studies Biomass Emissions

Bruce Jones and his Automotive Engineering Technology students at Minnesota State University are used to using sensitive equipment to measure the emissions from cars, lawnmowers, diesel trucks and any other kind of motorized device. This coming school year the professor, undergraduate and graduate students will be loading equipment on trailers and traveling to Cloquet, Albany […]

Australian Innovation Could Cut Biomass And Coal Emissions In Half

A new energy innovation developed by Australian scientists has the potential to slash the emissions levels of biomass- and coal-generated power by as much as 50 percent. The new technology, developed by the CSIRO, involves the conversion of coal or biomass into a water-based slurry called micronized refined carbon (MRC). The MRC is introduced directly […]

In Michigan, Debate Over Burning Trees For Biomass Energy

As Michigan considers expanding its renewable energy standard, new research is raising questions about what types of biomass should be included. Michigan’s current renewable energy standard, written in 2008, defines biomass as a renewable energy source. But based on four relatively recent studies, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is urging the state to remove […]

EPA Begins To Address Biomass Emissions In Permits Following Court Decision

The Environmental Appeals Board partially remanded an air pollution permit for a waste-to-energy facility in Puerto Rico after it failed to account for greenhouse gas emissions from biomass. The Energy Answers Arecibo LLC permit is one of the first to address emissions from biomass in the wake of a 2013 federal appeals court decision vacating […]

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