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Biomass Energy: Carbon Neutral or Not?
Study Assesses Economic Benefits of Biomass Energy on Rural Communities
OPINION: Middlebury College Declares Carbon Neutrality, Thanks to Biomass
OPINION: Middlebury Biomass Not Carbon Neutral
– by Erin Voegele, November 16, 2016, Biomass Magazine
The White House has published a mid-century strategy on decarbonization that addresses biofuels and bioenergy. On Nov. 16, the report was filed with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change under the Paris climate deal.
The White House committed to release the strategy, titled “United States Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization,” in March. At that time, the administration made a joint statement with Canada that indicated the two countries would work together to implement the Paris agreement as soon as feasible. In addition to implementing their respective Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, the leaders of both countries also committed to completing mid-century, long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies pursuant to the agreement.
– by Will Houston, November 18, 2016, Eureka Times Standard
Blue Lake Power (Shaun Walker)
When the Blue Lake biomass power plant opened in 1987, many in the community welcomed it as a new renewable energy source, but for some, that welcome seems to have worn thin.
“At the time, it was a good solution to our problems,” said Kit Mann, a 38-year Blue Lake resident. “And times have changed.”
The Blue Lake Rancheria recently intervened in a federal lawsuit against the 11-megawatt power plant, now owned by Blue Lake Power LLC, for alleged federal Clean Air Act violations. The tribe states the proposed settlement agreement in the case will not address pollution issues that have impacted the tribe for about 30 years. Meanwhile, Blue Lake residents are circulating a petition calling on the city council to revoke its property lease for the power plant at the earliest possibility.
– by Trudy Balcom, November 4, 2016, White Mountain Independent
Concord Blue Biomass
It doesn’t look like much, but it’s a start.
Concord Blue Energy broke ground this week on its long-awaited biomass plant in the Eagar Industrial Park.
Geotechnical engineering for the plant has been completed — the only phase the company plans to complete this year.
The mechanical components for the bio-generating facility will be engineered and fabricated starting this winter, according to Scott Noll, vice president of project management at Concord Blue, which is based in Los Angeles, Calif.
– by Erin Voegele, October 25, 2016, Biomass Magazine
On Oct. 25, the USDA announced it is investing more than $300 million to help hundreds of small businesses adopt renewable energy sources or implement more efficient energy options. The investment includes $327 million to support 423 businesses through the Rural Energy for America Program and a $68 million loan awarded to the Pedernales Electric Cooperative of Johnson City, Texas, through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program to fund system-wide energy efficiency improvements to assist a rural portion of the co-op’s service territory.
Bioenergy-related REAP awards made through the current round of funding include:
– by Carl Weinschenk, October 20, 2016, Energy Manager Today
Photo: Energy Manager Today
The waste to energy (WTE) sector is not huge, but it is showing signs of growing.
This week, New Jersey moved toward joining the ranks of states that require food waste to be utilized as an energy source. The rationale for the requirement is two-fold: Rotting food releases methane, which is a harmful greenhouse gas. Transitioning the material to energy would help alleviate that problem. And in addition to addressing the methane issue, the energy that is produced reduces reliance on fossil fuels.
– by Madeline St. Amour, July 8, 2016, CentralMaine.com
Officials from the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. say concerns by members of a legislative committee about Fiberight — the option many of the towns using the Orrington incinerator for waste disposal will use in 2018 — should be taken seriously.
Henry Lang, PERC’s general manager, said the letter from eight of 13 members of the legislative Energy and Natural Resources Committee that was publicly released Thursday afternoon “carries weight” because it was signed by more than half of the members of the committee from both parties.