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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 […]

Letter Urges EPA To Process RINs For Biomass And Biogas Electricity

A press release from the American Biogas Council announced that a letter, signed and approved by 111 separate firms from the biomass and biogas industry, requested that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler include renewable electricity into the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In 2007, Congress approved the RFS participation of using […]

EPA Issues Proposed RVOs For Biofuel Industry In 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued proposed volume requirements for 2019 under the Renewable Fuel Standard program calling, among other things, for a 30% increase in biogas related fuel. 381 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel are called for the in the proposed rule by 2019. EPA estimates that the majority of this – […]

EPA Declares Burning Woody Biomass Is Carbon Neutral

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared Monday that burning trees is carbon neutral. The announcement, made by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt during a meeting with Georgia forestry leaders, signals an administrative policy shift that will treat all burning of biomass as carbon-neutral “when used for energy production at stationary sources,” according to an EPA statement. […]

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 […]

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’ […]

UM: State Partnerships Can Promote Bioenergy Production, Reduce Emissions

Under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, states soon could be mandated to significantly reduce carbon emissions. Researchers at the University of Missouri have identified the most effective ways for various Midwest states to partner and share resources in order to increase the amount of renewable energy they produce through burning woody biomass, […]

Senate Approves Forest Bioenergy Amendment

The Senate recently approved a bipartisan measure authored by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) that would require federal agencies to draft policies supporting the use of forest bioenergy. The amendment to the Energy Policy Modernization Act, S. 2102, would direct federal agencies to adopt policies that support converting forest biomass into renewable energy. Forest biomass […]

EPA’s Clean Power Plan Considers Biomass

From: Wood Bioenergy Staff The Environmental Protection Agency’s “Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units,” also called the “Clean Power Plan,” was published in the Federal Register in mid-October, which launched a 90-day and possibly longer public feedback period before a possible revision and implementation. According to EPA, the Clean […]

Enviva Applauds EPA On Clean Power Plan

Enviva applauds the steps the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking with the Clean Power Plan and its recognition of the role biomass can play in tackling climate change. “Converting coal-fired plants to dedicated or co-fired biomass plants is one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways of achieving substantial reductions in emissions of carbon […]

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