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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. […]

Wood Pellet Fuel Deemed ‘Carbon Neutral’ In U.S. Spending Bill

A week after President Donald Trump vowed to impose new tariffs on Canadian lumber imports to help the U.S. timber industry, lawmakers passed a spending bill that could push U.S. government agencies to promote burning wood pellets to fuel power plants. The budget bill that the U.S. House of Representatives passed on Wednesday, which makes […]

UK Government Report Positive On Biomass

A report commissioned by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has found that using biomass instead of coal is playing a positive part in decarbonizing the power sector. The findings, by Ricardo Energy & Environment, come in a week where the biomass power sector has had to defend the technology’s reputation as […]

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 […]

Oregon Opinion: Climate Change Strategy Needs Forest Biomass

Citizens and policymakers should be wary whenever science is pointedly but selectively invoked to support a political agenda. A recent example is John Talberth’s Nov. 3 guest opinion opposing the “carbon neutrality” of forest biomass energy. His commentary neither clarifies the realities of forest biomass in Oregon nor does it consider the benefits of using […]

New Hampshire Celebrates Bioenergy Day By Opening New Biomass Plant

New Hampshire state officials celebrated National Bioenergy Day by holding an open house to recognize the completion of a new wood biomass boiler that will heat a major state building in Concord. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) and the Department of Health and Human Services facility on Hazen Drive in Concord will […]

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