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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 […]

White House Rejects Biomass As Carbon Neutral

In a lengthy policy statement rejecting House Republican efforts at dismantling carbon reform, the White House has categorically rejected biomass fuels as carbon neutral, saying the idea flies in the face of sound science. HR 2822 would label biomass as a renewable source, at least in part because forests are being replaced quickly. “The Administration […]

EPA Reconsidering Forest Biomass As An Energy Source

The Environmental Protection Agency signaled Wednesday that it may be more open to considering timber byproducts and other biomass as an energy source that fits within the Obama administration’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions. In a memo to all of the agency’s regional air directors, Janet G. McCabe, acting assistant administrator for the Office of […]

EPA Begins To Address Biomass Emissions In Permits Following Court Decision

The Environmental Appeals Board partially remanded an air pollution permit for a waste-to-energy facility in Puerto Rico after it failed to account for greenhouse gas emissions from biomass. The Energy Answers Arecibo LLC permit is one of the first to address emissions from biomass in the wake of a 2013 federal appeals court decision vacating […]

EPA Considers Rolling Back 2013 Target For Advanced Biofuels

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday that it would reconsider the 2013 cellulosic ethanol mandate, which requires oil refiners to blend a specific amount of advanced biofuels made from grasses, trees and crop waste into gasoline. The decision to review the mandate was made in light of concerns raised by oil industry groups. […]

Environmental Groups Seek End To EPA Biomass Exemption

Environmental groups in 23 states have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to end its three-year exemption of biomass power plant greenhouse gas emissions from Clean Air Act permitting. The exemption also enables biomass plant builders and operators to avoid using the best pollution controls for the smokestack emissions that cause local air pollution […]

EPA To Hold Hearing On Sierra Pacific’s Proposed California Woody Biomass Plant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is holding two public hearings Tuesday on a proposal by Sierra Pacific Industries to build a wood-fired power plant in Anderson. A panel of judges ordered the EPA to hold the hearings on Sierra Pacific’s proposal to build a 31-megawatt power plant at its sawmill north of Anderson off Highway […]

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