Support A Full Spectrum View of Bioenergy


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.


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] Airlines Cozying Up to Biofuels

– by Maxx Chatsko, September 26, 2016, Motley Fool


Photo: Getty Images

The global airlines industry has committed to reducing its carbon dioxide emissions 30% from 2007 by 2020. A variety of technologies are being leveraged to accomplish the goal, including fuel-efficient aircraft and renewable fuels. Of course, given a lack of commercially ready and economically viable renewable jet fuels, the industry is still searching for ways to reconcile its responsibilities to climate and shareholders.

You can’t blame ’em for trying.

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[CONFERENCE CALL] The Future of Biomass Energy in New England (Thurs, October 20)

Photo: Jim Cole

CONFERENCE CALL: The Future of Biomass Energy in New England

The Great North Woods of New England is a source of clean air and water, wildlife habitat, carbon storage, tourism and recreation. The bioenergy industry also considers it an abundant source of fuel for heating and electricity.

Join The Biomass Monitor on Thursday, October 20 at 3 pm PT / 4 pm MT / 5 pm CT / 6 pm ET where we speak with Evan Dell’Olio, Director of External and Regulatory Affairs for Roberts Energy Renewables, who has analyzed current trends to lay out his predictions for the future of biomass energy in New England.

RSVP on Facebook and email to receive call-in number and code. 

The Biomass Monitor conference calls are held the 3rd Thursday of every month. For the recording of this call go to and subscribe to our free, monthly online journal investigating the whole story on bioenergy, biomass, and biofuels.

[NEWS] Biomass Touted as Diesel Heating Alternative in Alaska

– by Nick Bowman, September 22, 2016, Ketchikan Daily News


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Southeast Alaska biomass experts believe that the low price of oil shouldn’t put wood heat projects on the chopping block.

When the price of diesel remained higher than $4 a gallon, wood-fired boilers were sold as a relatively cheap heating option for public buildings in Southeast.

The campaign to promote wood heat has been successful in Southeast — especially in the Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island areas — as all levels of government, tribal governments and private enterprise invest millions of dollars into biomass projects.

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[NEWS] Can You Invest Responsibly in Biofuels?

– September 25, 2016, Industry Voice


Photo: Industry Voice

Can you invest responsibly in biofuels? What are biofuels and how are they derived? Can these be used in power generation?

These are just some of the questions commonly asked on biofuels and addressed in our latest SRI Expert Brief.

From the difference between first and second generation of biofuels; to the accusation that biofuels production diverts away valuable land that could be used for food production, or the claim that biofuels reduces greenhouse gas emissions; our SRI team goes into detailed explanation of this complex issue.

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[NEWS] The Standoff Between Big Oil and Big Corn

– by David Gelles, September 17, 2016, New York Times


Cartoon: Minh Uong

A decade ago, lawmakers in Washington tried to address a trifecta of thorny challenges with one simple fix that has turned out to be anything but easy to assess.

The problems: an overreliance on foreign oil, rising greenhouse gas emissions and tepid economic growth.

The solution: the Renewable Fuel Standard, commonly known as the ethanol mandate. Enacted in 2005 and expanded two years later, the legislation required that refiners blend an increasing amount of biofuel into the gasoline that powers most American cars.

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[NEWS] KiOR Biofuels: True Story of a Company Gone Wrong

– by Jim Lane, September 18, 2016, Biofuels Digest

bd-ts-091916-kior4-smIn 2011, KiOR raised $150 million in its June IPO, claiming that it was generating yields of 67 gallons per ton in its Demo unit operations. But it was miles short of that.

In our previous installments, we have charted how KiOR moved from a promising early-stage technology to a public company with serious technological flaws that could have been fixed, but were ignored in what a senior team member speaking for the record, Dennis Stamires, characterized as a “reckless rush to commercial”.

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[NEWS] Bill Gates Invests in Biofuels

– by Mariyana Nayeva, September 15, 2016, See News Renewables


Photo: Steve Jurvetson

Oil and gas major Total (EPA:FP) and Bill Gates lead the USD 14 million (EUR 12.7m ) funding round, recently completed by US-based biofuel specialist Renmatix.

The privately-held company is a technology licensor for the conversion of biomass into cellulosic sugar, an enabling feedstock for petroleum alternatives used in the global biochemical and biofuels markets. Its proprietary Plantrose process deconstructs non-food biomass faster than other processes, and enhances its cost advantage by using no significant consumables, the company claims.

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