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[NEWS] New Hampshire Governor Vetoes Biomass Bill

– by Ethan DeWitt, June 19, 2018, Concord Monitor

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Photo: Biomass Power Association

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed two energy-related bills on Tuesday in a bid to block efforts he says would have cost electric ratepayers about $110 million over three years. But key members of his party are bristling at the move, calling the bills a vital lifeline for the biomass and timber industry in the North Country — and they say they have the votes to override it.

One bill, Senate Bill 365, would require utilities to purchase power from New Hampshire’s six independent biomass power plants. Supporters of the bill said on Tuesday it was critical to the survival of the plants and the 900 jobs they support, including one plant in Penacook. But Sununu said on Tuesday that the bill amounted to an “immense subsidy” for the companies.

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[NEWS] Rhode Island Biomass Bill Sparks Debate Between Environmentalists, Energy Developers

– by Avory Brookins, May 21, 2018, Rhode Island Public Radio

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Photo: 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.

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[NEWS] Maine Governor Will Oppose Borrowing Aimed at Helping Biomass Industry

– by Scott Thistle, January 10, 2018, Portland Press Herald

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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.

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Sustainable Biomass Program Under Scrutiny [FALL 2017]

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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

[NEWS] Plumas County, California Breaks Ground on Biomass Facility

– by Steve Wathen, August 14, 2017, Plumas County News

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Graphic: Biomass Magazine

Lori Simpson, chairwoman of the board of supervisors, said that she has been on the board for nine years and that entire time the board has been discussing biofuels. “Now, we have the whole package,” she said. “A non-profit went out and acquired a grant to help pay for the system.”

“Yes there is a certain amount of risk,” she added, “However, I ask myself, ‘Am I going to be a visionary?’”

Simpson declared, “I think this is a great opportunity. We are going to be the showcase for the state. I don’t want to lose this opportunity.”

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[NEWS] Why Biomass Remains a Challenge, Even in Timber-Rich Georgia

– by Gillian Neimark, June 16, 2017, Southeast Energy News

Albany Green biomass SE Energy NewsA new biomass plant under construction in Georgia highlights the challenging economics of the technology, even in a state so rich in forestry waste it exports it to other countries.

The 50 MW Albany Green plant – the largest renewable energy project in the state so far – is a unique collaboration among Georgia Power, private companies (including Procter & Gamble) and a nearby Marine base. While the cost for biomass generated electricity is too high to compete with wind and solar, the project also produces steam for industrial use, which improves its economics.

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