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[NEWS] Farm Bill Benefits Bioenergy Industry

– by Erin Voegele, June 29, 2018, Biomass Magazine

farm billOn June 28, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill with a strong bipartisan 86-11 vote. The legislation, titled “The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018,” includes mandatory funding for Energy Title programs. The Agricultural Energy Coalition has spoken out to applaud the senate for its action.

The Energy Title includes a variety of programs that benefit the bioenergy and biofuels industries, including the Biomass Research and Development Initiative; the Biobased Markets Program; the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Product Manufacturing Assistance Program; the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels; the Rural Energy for America Program; and the Biomass Crop Assistance Program.

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[SUMMER 2018] On Neutral Ground?

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[SUMMER 2018] On Neutral Ground

FEATURE ARTICLE: “Did Trump’s Quest for ‘Energy Dominance’ Factor into EPA’s Carbon Neutral Biomass Decision?” by Josh Schlossberg

OPINION (PRO): “Biomass Energy is Carbon Neutral” by Tim Echols, Vice Chair, Georgia Public Service Commission

OPINION (CON): “Biomass Energy is NOT Carbon Neutral” by Scot Quaranda, Communications Director, Dogwood Alliance

[NEWS] Financial Concerns Around Idle Texas Biomass Facility

– by Mark Lisheron, May 7, 2018, Texas Monitor

nacogdoches_texas-monitorFor almost six years, Austin Energy customers have been paying about $54 million a year for a power plant in East Texas not to produce biomass energy.

Those customers also paid $128 million to build the plant.

Nearly two years ago, the city of Austin hired a staff of attorneys to see if Austin Energy could get out from under a 20-year contract that even supporters of the wood-burning power plant came to see as a terrible deal for utility customers.

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[NEWS] Solar Surpasses Biomass in U.S. Electricity Generation

– by Rukhushan Mir, May 10, 2018, Urdu Point

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Photo: Urdu Point

Electricity generation from solar resources in the United States reached 77 million megawatthours (MWh) in 2017, surpassing annual generation from biomass resources for the first time, the U.S.

Energy Information Administration (EIA) said. According to the EIA, among renewable sources, only hydro and wind generated more electricity in 2017, at 300 million MWh and 254 million MWh, respectively.

Biomass generating capacity has remained relatively unchanged recently, while solar generating capacity has consistently risen. Annual growth in solar generation often lags annual capacity additions because generating capacity tends to be added late in the year.

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[NEWS] Maine Utility Regulators Approve $1.2 Million Subsidy For Biomass Facility

– by Steve Mistler, April 5, 2018, Maine Public Radio

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Photo: Maine Public Radio

The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted Wednesday to approve a $1.2 million taxpayer subsidy to an embattled biomass company operating two plants in West Enfield and Jonesboro.

The vote by the three-member commission largely followed the recommendation of PUC staff, which found last month that Stored Solar LLC met only one of its three contract obligations, while falling well short of the other two.

It maintained the agreed upon number of jobs, but purchased less than 40 percent of the waste wood it promised, and it spent $1 million less on capital expenditures than it was supposed to.

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[NEWS] Rhode Island Biomass Bill Not Moving Forward This Year

– by Avory Brookins, June 1, 2018, Rhode Island Public Radio

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Photo: Oregon Department of Forestry

A Rhode Island bill that could have cleared the way for biomass power plants won’t move forward this legislative session.

Biomass is wood waste that is burned to generate electricity. It’s also considered a renewable resource.

The bill would have included biomass in the state’s “net-metering” program, which gives credits to customers for extra power generated by renewables, such as solar and wind, that flows back into the electrical grid. Those credits can lower ratepayers’ utility bills.

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[SPRING 2018] DEBATE HEATS UP OVER BIOMASS ENERGY FROM NATIONAL FORESTS

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[SPRING 2018] Debate Heats Up Over Biomass Energy from National Forests

FEATURE ARTICLE: Out of the Fryingpan and Into the Forest

OPINION (PRO): “Vegetation Management Project to Provide Forest Products, Biomass Energy” by Aspen/Sopris Ranger District, White River National Forest

OPINION (CON): “National Forest Project Bad for Environment and Climate” by Rocky Smith, Forest Management Analyst

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