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EPA Chief Signals Push To Declare Wood Energy Carbon-Neutral

During his New Hampshire visit Tuesday, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt signaled plans for new federal energy policies that could bolster a struggling regional industry – biomass. In a letter to Gov. Chris Sununu, Pruitt suggests the agency plans to add biomass, including wood and other plant-based fuels, to its “‘all of the above’ […]

Massachusetts Includes Wood Biomass In Alternative Energy Standards

The state’s Department of Energy Resources has filed its proposed final version of guidelines that will allow the burning of tree material, as well as other technologies, to qualify for financial incentives as renewable energy sources. The final draft regulations, which were filed on Friday, provide subsidies for “woody biomass” — in other words, the […]

Arizona Utility To Study Inclusion Of Biomass In Its Portfolio

Arizona Public Service on Tuesday was ordered by the Arizona Corporation Commission to research forest bioenergy as part of its portfolio during a hearing in which the commission approved its rate increase. The increase will allow APS to collect an additional $95 million from its customers, an average increase of approximately $6 per month, according […]

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 […]

USDA, DOE Announce Interagency Biomass Research And Development Initiative Funding

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announced that up to $9 million in funding will be made available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) to increase the nation’s energy independence by supporting the development of bioenergy feedstocks, […]

Woody Biomass Power Generation Pitched For Vermont Yankee Site

As the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant moves closer to shutting down at year’s end, a new proposal could bring a different kind of power generation to the site. The Select Board in Vernon recently heard from a company about the possibility of building a biomass energy plant at the Vermont Yankee site. The proposal, […]

Biomass Power Association Is Planning First Ever National Bioenergy Day

As we all know, bioenergy – including power from wood and agricultural byproducts, thermal, pellets and the other groups that fall into this category – represents enormous potential in the United States, for jobs and rural economies, for U.S. manufacturing, for renewable energy, and for healthy forests. Despite these benefits, we face a public that […]

Georgia Power Enters Into 20-Year Agreement To Add Biomass Energy

U.S.-based energy company Georgia Power has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Rollcast Energy to boost its biomass power capacity by 53.5MW. Under the agreement, Georgia will procure the biomass power from Rollcast’s Piedmont Green Power plant, located in Barnesville in the U.S. state of Georgia. The owner of the plant will […]

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