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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 […]

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 […]

North American Pellet Prices Trend Upward For Canada, Down For U.S.

The U.S. and Canadian Pellet Feedstock Price Indices increased in early 2018, driven mainly by higher demand for pellets in Europe and Asia, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. The pellet feedstock price indices for North America, launched by WRI in 2013, have trended upward in Canada during most of 2017 and early […]

Arizona Utility Looking At Biomass Power Generation

After boosting its solar power generation and adding wind-energy projects in recent years, Tucson Electric Power Co. is looking at biomass generation from burning wood or other organic matter. TEP said Friday that it is seeking information about forest biomass generation systems that could generate power for customers while improving the health of Arizona forests. […]

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 […]

Arizona Regulators Explore Ramping Up Use Of Forest Biomass For Power

Should utility customers pay a surcharge for bioenergy that helps utilize trees thinned from Arizona’s overstocked forests? That was one possibility discussed last week at a first-ever workshop on forest bioenergy hosted by the Arizona Corporation Commission. Representatives from some of the state’s largest utilities, businesses, nonprofits, the Forest Service, and state and local governments […]

Paris Climate Deal Exit Could Hit U.S. Wood Pellet Exports

President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord could have huge consequences for the U.S. wood pellet exporting industry post-2020. The U.S. not being part of the Paris agreement will make it difficult for wood pellet producers to export to E.U. markets after 2020, if the E.U.’s proposed renewable energy directive is […]

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. […]

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 […]

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