USA Biomass becomes more 'power(ful)'

By Kris Bevill
Web exclusive posted Nov. 13, 2008 at 11:17 a.m. CST

USA Biomass, an organization devoted solely to the growth and long-term viability of biomass-powered electric generation, has changed its name to the Biomass Power Association. The name change is meant to more accurately portray the dedication of the association members to generate biomass-based power.

Association chairman Robert Cleaves said it was "high time" that the term power become a prominent part of the association's identity. "Our industry is at the heart of two very dynamic and challenging issues facing our nation energy and the environment," he said. "Our members and our association are committed to helping the United States meet its growing energy needs in a way that protects and even enhances our country's environmental health. This is exactly what we do, and we're proud to be a part of the solution."

The association is currently comprised of 41 member companies operating 80 power plants in 20 states throughout the country. Prominent members include Renegy Holdings Inc. and Covanta Central Valley Biomass. Members of the association use a broad range of biomass for their operations, including wood chips, rice hulls, orchard prunings and forest waste.