Busy Season for Bioenergy

This winter has been a busy season of new bioenergy projects and policy developments.

U.S. Renewable Electricity Future Is Within Reach

In June, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a groundbreaking new study showing that the United States could generate 80 percent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2050 with commercially available technologies, while meeting electricity demand in every hour of the year and every region of the country.

Rollcast Energy on a Roll

Today, I toured the Piedmont Green Power project, along with other members of the Pine 2 Energy Coalition, that is currently under construction in Barnesville, Georgia, about an hour SW of Atlanta. The 54 MW biopower facility is being developed by Rollcast Energy, a company of Atlantic Power Corporation. As you turn onto the newly constructed [...]

Well, Is Bioenergy Carbon Neutral Or Not?

Are you feeling impatient about the complex question of biogenic carbon? For those who care about biomass, forests, or the climate, four new papers are worth careful reading.

NC Court Ruling on Biomass is Bad Policy

This may have been a precise and solid legal decision, but it’s still bad policy.

House cuts vital rural energy programs, their fate lies in the Senate

Contributors: Sam Gomberg, John Bonitz, Anne Blair Disappointing news came out of the House of Representatives’ Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday concerning energy programs for America’s rural businesses and farms. The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) were eliminated from the fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill. REAP is [...]

Alarming Estimates of Forest Loss Linked to Bioenergy Projections

Tuesday’s release of the draft Southern Forest Futures Project (SFFP) report raised an alarm that the South could lose as much as 23 million acres of forest over the next four decades. From the press release: According to the report, urbanization, bioenergy use, weather patterns, land ownership changes and invasive species will significantly alter the [...]

Who has the Power? You Do! Take this Quiz

There are persistent myths in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. One such myth – promoted by the coal industry and their utility friends – is that the Southeast doesn’t have any renewable energy resources. This myth appears in different forms – from renewable energy resources are too expensive or too diffuse, to [...]

Is Biomass Electricity a Smart Thing to Do?

Visiting with relatives over the holidays, I was asked, “is biomass electricity a smart thing to do?”

The Good and The Bad on Biomass News in North Carolina

Rumor has it that Duke Energy plans to convert the Dan River power plant from coal to biomass fuel. However, the NCUC reached its decision when considering the relatively insignificant amount of biomass being used in two pilot co-firing projects. There was big news for biomass issued out of North Carolina this month (Charlotte Business [...]