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European Bioenergy Production Could Triple By 2050

Ahead of the COP24 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, new research on biomass potential claims it can be a ‘key solution’ in climate change mitigation. According to the recently published research, the amount of domestically available biomass that is used for bioenergy in Europe can triplicate within sustainable and environmental limits whilst […]

Drax Reports Renewable Capacity Triumph Over Fossil Fuels

New research from energy company Drax Power revealed that total capacity available from UK renewables has overtaken fossil fuels for the first time, which includes biomass’ contribution of 3.2GW. The promising results are according to Drax’s Electric Insight Report, which was produced independently by researchers from Imperial College London. The report also looks at why […]

EPA Letter To Congress Promotes Biomass As Carbon-Neutral Solution

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acting administrator Andrew Wheeler sent a letter to the House and Senate Committee on Appropriations, detailing the steps taken to ensure consistent federal policy on forest biomass energy and promote clear policies that encourage the treatment of forest biomass as a carbon-neutral renewable energy solution. The letter was written alongside […]

UK Moving Away From Coal, Burning Wood From The U.S.

The 12 cooling towers at the Drax Power Station have dominated the flat North Yorkshire countryside since the plant was built to burn coal from local mines in the ’60s. It’s the largest power plant in the UK, and for years it served as a visible reminder of how essential coal has been for the […]

Japanese Demand A Boon For U.S. South Wood Pellet Manufacturers

Over the last decade, European utilities have learned that displacing coal with sustainable wood pellets is one of the most efficient means of meeting renewable energy and carbon emissions reduction targets, leading to significant demand growth in global wood pellet markets. Now, their counterparts in Asia are learning the same thing. To meet their growing […]

U.S. Pellet Exports Boom As Europe Tries To Reduce Carbon Footprint

Worse than coal. Exploits a carbon loophole. Creates a carbon deficit. No, we are not talking about drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Rather, these are a few of the complaints critics level against burning wood pellets in place of coal to reduce Europe’s carbon footprint. You might assume that exporting a […]

Update: Battle Over Massachusetts Biomass Subsidies

It’s a local, plentiful energy source, but environmentalists argue that biomass — wood chips or pellets — can’t be considered clean energy and shouldn’t be subsidized by the state as such. More than 70 people gathered at Holyoke Community College on Monday for the state’s last public hearing on plans to designate the burning of […]

Burning Trees For Fuel May Soon Qualify For Subsidies In Massachusetts

The Baker administration plans to designate a fuel derived from felling trees and clearing brush in forests as a form of renewable energy, a move that environmental advocates say would increase emissions and counter promises the governor made after President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord. The proposed rules, which stem from a […]

Debate Brews Over Maine Biomass Bailout

Maine taxpayers’ support of wood-to-energy facilities around the state has been called both a waste and a lifeline to rural forest economies. With one notable exception, there’s general agreement that Maine lawmakers’ latest support for biomass energy is a subsidy. A report in April panned that latest government support and past efforts for policymakers to […]

Study: Lower Carbon Emissions From Forest Residue-Based Power Generation

The Biomass Power Association recently released a study by two professors demonstrating dramatic carbon benefits by using forest residue-based biomass fuel instead of natural gas in a power generation facility. The study, conducted by Dr. Madhu Khanna, Distinguished Professor in Environmental Economics at the University of Illinois Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, and Dr. […]

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