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If you’re reading this, knowing what’s going on in the bioenergy world is important to you.

Whether you’re in the industry, an environmental or public health advocate, a journalist, a student, a government agency staffer, an elected official, or just bio-curious, you count on The Biomass Monitor to give you the nation’s most comprehensive look at this popular and controversial energy source.

There are a lot of sources of information for bioenergy these days, but very few of them cover the whole spectrum of views. While some media outlets might attempt this, they often fail due to a limited understanding of the science and oversimplification of the debate.

How much do you value The Biomass Monitor, the one publication out there offering you all sides of the story on biomass and biofuels? Enough that you’re willing to support our work to make sure it continues?

Here’s a little reminder of what we’ve been up to for the last seven years:

  • Every month, The Biomass Monitor puts out meticulously-researched, balanced, and high quality investigative journalism focused on the number one form of “renewable” energy in the U.S., bioenergy.
  • Our articles regularly appear in widely-read national publications including Truthout, Earth Island Journal, EcoWatch, Alternet, and Counterpunch, as well as popular local media outlets, such as the Boulder Weekly (100,000+ readers) and the Glendale-Cherry Creek Chronicle (the largest mailed print publication in Denver, Colorado).
  • We’re now publishing point-counterpoint opinion pieces in each monthly issue, where biomass supporters and critics alike discuss important issues relevant to bioenergy, like climate change, public health, and forests.
  • On a daily basis, we monitor, filter, and distribute the latest bioenergy news from around the nation via our blog, Facebook, and Twitter. Our feed is one-stop shopping for anyone who wants to be kept in the loop on the latest bioenergy proposals, science, and politics.
  • We host free, monthly conference calls featuring experts speaking on various aspects of bioenergy.
  • We’re constantly contacting journalists across the nation writing on bioenergy and offering them a list of the most relevant contacts in the bioenergy field (industry groups, opponents, scientists, and everyone in between) to encourage balanced and informed media coverage.
  • We curate an extensive list of peer-reviewed scientific studies and reports relevant to bioenergy.

With everything that The Biomass Monitor delivers, surely you can agree that no other publication in the U.S. even comes close to what we’re doing. And, that with topics such as climate change, renewable energy, public health, and the environment becoming more and more crucial, we’re an important feature in today’s media landscape.

But none of this can keep happening without sustainable funding. And that’s why we’re contacting you today.

If you value the unique work of The Biomass Monitor—and are concerned about what its absence would mean when it comes to informing the public about one half of all “renewable” energy—please consider offering your financial support today.

Whether it’s $15, $35, $100 or more, your tax-deductible gift goes a long way towards ensuring that the American public stays abreast of the issues of biomass power and heating, ethanol and liquid biofuels, and trash and waste incineration.

Thanks for your consideration and ongoing readership.

Sincerely,

Josh Schlossberg, Editor-in-Chief (Denver, Colorado)
Samantha Chirillo, Associate Editor (Eugene, Oregon)

Editorial Board:
Mike Ewall, Attorney (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Roy Keene, Forester (Eugene, Oregon)
Dr. Brian Moench, Physician (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Jon Rhodes, Hydrologist (Portland, Oregon)
George Wuerthner, Ecologist (Bozeman, Montana)

[NEWS] Prince George’s County, MD Cancels Trash Incinerator

– by Neil Seldman, August 25, 2016, Institute for Local Self Reliance

princegeorgescounty-768x1015Prince George’s County has officially declined to move forward with garbage incineration as part of its future solid waste and recycling management system. On 9 August the County notified all bidders that it has “determined that the project may not be in the best interest of the County at this time.”

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[NEWS] Abengoa Plants Go To Green Plains: Ethanol’s Jolly Giant Gets Bigger

– by Jim Lane, August 23, 2016, Biofuels Digest

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Graphic: Biofuels Digest

In Nebraska, word has arrived from Green Plains that it will purchase the Madison, Ill., Mount Vernon, Ind. and York, Neb. ethanol facilities from Abengoa Bioenergy with combined annual production capacity of 236 million gallons per year, for approximately $237 million in cash, plus certain working capital adjustments.

The company said it was the successful bidder on three ethanol plants for sale conducted under the provisions of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

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[NEWS] Enviro Group Hits California Biomass Company With Stormwater Pollution Suit

– by Stan Parker, August 26, 2016, Law 360

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Blue Lake Power (kiem-tv.com)

A nonprofit environmental group hit Blue Lake Power LLC with a lawsuit in California federal court Thursday, alleging unchecked stormwater runoff from the biomass facility sends unlawful amounts of pollution into waters that run to the Pacific Ocean.

The Ecological Rights Foundation, which goes by EcoRights, said in the citizen suit that stormwater runoff from the biomass generation facility violated the Clean Water Act by routinely sending high levels of total suspended solids, iron, total organic compounds, biological oxygen demand and chemical oxygen demand into the..

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[NEWS] California Biomass Energy Alliance Applauds Passage of Climate Bill

– by Erin Voegele, August 25, 2016, Biomass Magazine

californiaThe California legislature recently passed legislation to extend the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets through 2030. One bill, SB 32, sets a target to reduce GHG emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The second bill, AB 197, gives the legislature greater oversight responsibility over climate policy implementation and helps ensure benefits reach disadvantaged communities. California Gov. Edmund Brown has indicated he will sign both bills.

SB 32 was sponsored by state Sen. Fran Pavley. In a statement, she said passage of the bill sends an “unmistakable signal to investors of California’s commitment to clean energy and clean air.” She added that the action “will trigger more investment and more jobs in our thriving clean-energy sector and solidify California’s leadership in demonstrating to the world that we can combat climate change while also spurring economic growth.” The bill codifies emissions reduction targets included in an executive order issued by Brown last year, removing any uncertainty over the state’s authority to extend its climate policies beyond the 2020 emissions-reduction target set by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, or AB 32.

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[NEWS] Booming Wood Pellet Production Inching Toward Watershed Forests

– by Jeff Day, August 25, 2016, Bay Journal

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Enviva logging for biomass energy (Dogwood Aliiance)

A growing industry that’s harvesting “woody biomass” from forests for energy generation could gain a toehold soon in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Like virtually every other form of energy, it’s also generating intense debate about its environmental impact.

Biomass from trees is already used to generate a small amount of power in the United States; wood chips generate electricity at several small plants owned by Dominion, the Virginia-based energy company. (The term “biomass” generally refers to any plant material used for fuel. Woody biomass is made from trees.)

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[NEWS] A Standard for Biomass Wood Chips?

– by Anna Simet, August 26, 2016, Biomass Magazine

wood_chips_biomassThe rate at which small- and industrial-scale biomass thermal or combined-heat-and-power (CHP) systems are being installed in the U.S. has slowed a bit in the wake of the global oil price depression, but use is still on the rise as schools, universities, hospitals and others continue to choose biomass thermal as a replacement for outdated and inefficient oil boilers. This is particularly true in the Northeast U.S., where, for many years, there has been a growing movement to adopt, expand, incentivize and educate the public of the benefits of modern wood heat. Coincidentally, the region is also home to the most heating oil-addicted states.

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[NEWS] Study: Biofuels Increase Net Carbon Emissions

– by John Raphael, August 26, 2016, Nature World News

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Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A new study revealed that that the increasing biofuel use in the U.S. has led to the net increase in carbon dioxide emissions, despite previous studies suggesting that biofuel is carbon neutral.

The study, published in the journal Climatic Change, debunked all previous carbon footprint models based on lifecycle analysis that were used to develop the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and California’s Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which resulted to the expansion of biofuel use over the past decade. These carbon footprint models showed that crop-based biofuels offer at least modest net greenhouse gas reductions relative to petroleum fuels.

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