– February 19, 2018, Bioenergy Insight
Photo: Swift County Monitor
A recently published study from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has revealed the economic impact of closing a biomass power plant in the state.
In spring 2017 the Minnesota state legislature passed a law allowing Xcel Energy to buy and then shutdown Benson Power, a 50mW biomass facility that uses a mixture of poultry litter and wood to generate electricity. When announcing the closure, the legislature also directed DEED to carry out a study on the economic impact, state-wide, of closing the facility.
– by Scott Thistle, January 10, 2018, Portland Press Herald
Photo: Ben McCanna / Press Herald
Gov. Paul LePage told lawmakers he opposes a pair of bills that would have taxpayers fund a $45 million subsidy to help Maine’s foundering biomass industry.
In a rare appearance before the Legislature’s budget-writing Appropriations Committee, LePage said the Legislature should focus instead on ways of creating industries that bring greater value from the state’s more than 18 million acres of forest lands.
The bills to support investments and a low-interest revolving loan fund come less than two years after the Legislature passed a $13.4 million taxpayer-funded bailout of the industry that LePage reluctantly supported at the time.
– by Trudy Balcom, December 15, 2017, White Mountain Independent
Arizona Public Service has released a preliminary study for greater inclusion of biomass in its energy portfolio — something that could have a positive impact on forest industry and wildfire prevention.
The 90-day study was completed and presented to the Arizona Corporation Commission on Dec. 5.
APS, who serves 1.2 million customers statewide and part of the White Mountains, was required to complete the study in order to secure approval from the Commission for a rate increase for APS customers. The increase will allow the utility to collect an additional $95 million in revenues.
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[WINTER 2017/2018] Inside the EPA-Certified Wood Stove Debate
FEATURE ARTICLE: Can EPA Wood Stoves Cut Indoor Air Pollution?
OPINION (PRO): EPA Wood Stoves Reduce Air Emissions
OPINION (CON): EPA Wood Stoves Still Pollute
– by Olivia Adams, October 15, 2017, The Red and Black
Photo: Fast Company
Wood pellets used for biomass energy, an alternative to fossil fuels, are produced right outside of Athens, but do not expect to see biomass energy adopted here. Those pellets are shipped straight to Europe, and new University of Georgia research shows why.
“With global warming, we really want to reduce carbon emissions,” said Dr. Richard Bin Mei, co-author of a study on biomass-produced electricity. “In the United States, unfortunately, we do not have the mandate or government subsidies, so our study looked at whether it is economically feasible to co-fire wood pellets with coal to produce power, and the answer is no, unless the government does the same thing as the EU.”
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Sustainable Biomass Program Under Scrutiny (FALL 2017)
A Close Look at the Sustainable Biomass Program
OPINION: Sustainable Biomass Program: A Best Practice Certification System by Carsten Huljus, Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Biomass Program
OPINION: Sustainable Biomass Program Green Lights Forest Impacts by Sasha Stashwick, Energy and Transportation Senior Advocate, NRDC