A Bioenergy Expert For 25 Cents A Week?

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Are you tired of superficial, imbalanced, and inaccurate reporting by the media on the issues you care about most?

If so, what’s your budget for supporting in-depth and credible independent media sources dedicated to getting you the whole story?

If your answer is zero – and, for many of us, it is – then the domination of corporate and/or agenda-driven news sources should be no surprise.

As you know, the topic of energy is central to nearly everything going on in the world today. And keeping abreast of the latest developments in renewable energy is crucial to anyone with an interest in climate change and the environment.

But it’s impossible stay informed on renewable energy if you’re ignoring bioenergy, nearly half of all renewables in the U.S.!

Now in our seventh year of publication, The Biomass Monitor covers the latest science along with the entire spectrum of views on bioenergy, biomass, and biofuels, the most popular – and controversial – source of renewable energy.

Of course, The Biomass Monitor isn’t the only outlet reporting on bioenergy. Mainstream and alternative media occasionally cover the topic, though it’s typically done by journalists with a limited grasp of the relevant science, quoting the same handful of voices in a “he said, she said” fashion.

Environmental advocacy newsletters and industry trade journals make important contributions to our understanding of bioenergy, however each do so with their own particular bias and slant.

Only The Biomass Monitor provides balanced and comprehensive investigative reporting, a digest of mainstream and alternative news articles, and a wide variety of views – from scientists to industry to advocacy groups – all in a single publication, one stop shopping for all your bioenergy needs!

Keep your fingers on the pulse of bioenergy by subscribing to email issues of The Biomass Monitor for as low as $15 a year!

If $15 sounds steep, I understand. In these tough economic times, many of us are strapped for cash. But I ask you to consider what else $15 a year can get you.

For $15 you can get a single meal at a restaurant. On a monthly basis, we’re talking about just over a dollar a month – what you tip a barista for coffee or the bartender for beer.

That’s four cents a day! Chances are you’ve left that much in the “give a penny, take a penny” dish at the convenience store.

If you care about renewable energy, climate, forests, public health, and economics, then no matter your take on the energy source, you care about bioenergy.

So why not become a bioenergy expert by subscribing today (via PayPal or check — see below) for a year’s worth of issues of The Biomass Monitor at the low price of only $15 for individuals, $20 for nonprofits, and $25 for businesses?

Sincerely,

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

Editorial Board:
Roy Keene, Forester
Brett Leuenberger, Student
Dr. Brian Moench, Physician
Jon Rhodes, Hydrologist
George Wuerthner, Ecologist

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[NEWS] Buffett’s Rocky Mountain to Test Biomass That May Cut Coal Use

– by Jess Shankleman, January 31, 2017, Bloomberg

tmp_2253_2-17-2016_30543_Rocky Mountain Power, a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., will test a new biomass fuel that may reduce the amount of coal being burned by power plants.

The U.S. utility, which is part of Pacificorp, will use a plant in Utah to test a biomass fuel made by Active Energy Group Plc, Paul Murphy, a spokesman for RMP, said by phone. Active Energy’s fuel, called CoalSwitch, is processed from low-grade forestry residue.

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[NEWS] Biomass Proposal Would Use Human and Animal Manure to Produce Biocrude Oil and Algae

– by Pam Eggmeier, January 24, 2017, SaukValley.com

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City leaders gathered Tuesday to learn more about two possible business ventures – one that would be run by the city, and the other by a private company.

The Committee of the Whole heard presentations by Magellan, the city’s broadband consultant, and Green Vision International. The meetings give council members an opportunity to discuss particular issues at length, but no action is taken.

Green Vision International has been working with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the University of Illinois on a biomass recycling project that could be launched commercially in Rock Falls.

Don McFarland, vice president and chief operating officer at Dixon-based Green Vision, told the council that the technology would use human and animal manure to produce biocrude oil and algae.

“The back end of the biomass conversion process is used to produce various strains of algae that have a variety of business uses,” McFarland said. “We would start with three algae models, but there are many types.

Users of the algae, which is difficult to produce in large quantities, include the food, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics industries.

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[NEWS] Alabama Company Buys Closed Biomass Power Facility in Maine

– by J. Craig Anderson, February 16, 2017, Portland Press Herald

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A shuttered, 24-megawatt power plant fueled by wood chips in Penobscot County is expected to come back on line by the end of June, bringing an estimated 300 jobs to the area.

An Alabama-based company called 42 Railroad Ave LLC has signed a deal to purchase the biomass power plant in Stacyville, formerly operated by Sherman Development, for an unspecified amount from Niagara Worldwide LLC after four years of negotiations. The deal makes 42 Railroad Ave the owner of one of the largest privately owned power stations in the United States.

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[NEWS] Gainesville, Florida Utility Eager to Discuss Biomass Buy

– by Andrew Caplan, February 2, 2017, Gainesville Sun

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Gainesville Renewable Energy Center (Photo: GRU)

Gainesville Regional Utilities General Manager Ed Bielarski said Thursday he’s “extremely motivated” by potential savings to utility customers he says might be realized if GRU bought the controversial biomass plant.

Gainesville residents have paid the price — via hefty power bills — in recent years for the city and municipal-owned utility agreeing to terms with the owners of the Gainesville Renewable Energy Center biomass plant.

Bielarski responded to questions Thursday about a potential purchase of the plant, often called GREC, as a way to “make up” for city and GRU officials agreeing several years ago to what they consider an unfavorable deal — perhaps saving hundreds of millions of dollars in the process.

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[NEWS] Proposed California Biomass Energy Facility Would Use Dead Trees

– by Anna Simet, February 7, 2017, Biomass Magazine

mariposa_county_1486509590116-300x300-noupA proposed 2-MW biomass power project in California’s Mariposa County is one step closer to reality.

The Mariposa Biomass Project, a non-profit community group in Mariposa, California, recently closed escrow on two parcels for its future location, the group announced. It will be located in the Mariposa Industrial Park, near the Mariposa County Solid Waste Facility and PG&E substation.

The project received a USDA U.S. Forest Service 2016 Wood Innovations grant of $244,000, and is in the running to score a $5 million California Energy Commission EPIC grant. Stephen Smallcombe, the group’s CTO said that the EPIC grant is critical to the project moving forward. A similar biomass power plant in North Fork, California, currently being constructed by Phoenix Energy, was a previous EPIC grant recipient.

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[NEWS] An Early Look at How Maine’s Biomass Bailout Is Being Spent

– by Darren Fishell, February 11, 2017, Bangor Daily News

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Photo: Gabor Degre, Bangor Daily News

In January, two biomass generators tallied their first payments under a state subsidy program, taking in more than $241,000 from a $13.4 million pool of taxpayer dollars.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission last week published its first status report on disbursements from the fund that will go to ReEnergy’s Ashland and Fort Fairfield biomass generators and to the West Enfield and Jonesboro generators that Stored Solar has restarted after purchasing the facilities from Covanta last year.

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