[NEWS] Rhode Island Biomass Bill Sparks Debate Between Environmentalists, Energy Developers
– by Avory Brookins, May 21, 2018, Rhode Island Public Radio
Environmentalists and green energy companies in Rhode Island are at odds over a bill that could advance the development of biomass power plants in the state.
Biomass is organic material, such as wood, that can be burned to produce energy. The Environmental Protection Agency also considers it a renewable resource.
However, biomass is not included in the state’s “net-metering” program, which applies to other renewable technologies, such as solar and wind.
When those types of energy resources are installed, homeowners and businesses can save money on their utility bills. Customers receive credits from utility companies when their renewables generate excess energy that flows back into the regional electrical grid.
Rhode Island lawmakers want biomass to be a part of that program, but environmentalists are against the idea.