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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 […]

Georgia Wood Pellet Industry Commended In Air Quality Report

Georgia won praise last week in a report largely critical of an issue portrayed as lax enforcement of air quality regulations of the wood pellet industry. Criticism also was laid on the new federal policy that power plants fueled by biomass don’t create carbon pollution. “Georgia has definitely played a leadership role in this [wood […]

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 […]

Burning Question: Is Woody Biomass The 21st Century Fuel?

For hundreds of millennia, humans have depended on wood as a basic but reliable source of fuel. Today efforts to grow that dependence in the face of an evolving energy landscape are widespread. But they’re also contentious. The debate over biomass, an umbrella term that encompasses a range of organic materials used for energy, rests […]

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. […]

Opinion: Use Sierra Nevada’s Dead Trees For Energy

When the Forest Service announced its calculation last November that the Sierra Nevada contained 102 million dead trees, it conveyed the immensity of a tragedy that is unprecedented in California’s history. It also challenged planners and innovators to find a beneficial use for at least some of the dead trees. As it turns out, there […]

B.C. City’s Biomass Energy Plan Moves Forward

Nelson Hydro will hold an open house in the early fall to update the public on the progress of its plans to heat selected public buildings in Nelson using heat created by burning lumber mill waste. Fiona Galbraith, a local consultant for Nelson Hydro, says the project at full capacity would use only 15 percent […]

Officials Question Wood Pellet Boilers Planned For Massachusetts Schools

With two West County elementary schools preparing to install grant-funded wood pellet boilers, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments’ conference room was packed Tuesday night with town officials, health board members, selectmen, energy industry representatives and environmentalists seeking answers. In particular, they wanted to know about how large-scale systems affect air quality and what regulations […]

Arizona’s Salt River Project To Test Burning Forest Debris At Coal Plant

Salt River Project is exploring the feasibility of using forest debris as a supplemental fuel at its Coronado Generating Station (CGS) in St. Johns, Ariz., to improve the health of Arizona’s forests and watersheds. CGS workers are scheduled to test burn more than 2,600 tons – or about 250 acres – of forest debris biomass […]

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