Progress in New York City
A few months ago, I got a call from a woman in the New York City Council’s office. She was wondering about biomass energy because the council speaker wanted to propose a renewable energy project for the city and was exploring all the options. I think she expected a short, straight answer when she asked if I could tell her a little bit about biomass. That’s not what she got.
Of course, I launched into a detailed speech about different feedstocks, benefits of biomass heat and power, conversion technologies and emissions facts, making sure to debunk the well-known carbon dioxide emission myth right off the bat. After our discussion, I sent her an email with even more background information and links to Biomass Power & Thermal articles that might help her better understand biomass energy. I hope it helped.
In what I’m positive is a completely unrelated turn of events, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced this week a request for proposals for waste-to-energy projects to help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. The plan includes a pilot facility processing 450 tons of municipal solid waste per day, but if it’s successful, it will be expanded to 900 tons per day.
So, it sounds like New York City has biomass on the brain and that’s encouraging. I haven’t heard anything more from the city council speaker’s office, but clearly, she was in the beginning stages of research and would maybe be at the feasibility study phase, if she even chose to further explore biomass as an energy feedstock.
Either way, I like the implications of city officials, whether they’re councilmembers or mayors, recognizing the benefits of biomass and taking any steps, even small ones, toward development.