Bill would allow REC generation for biomass thermal

By Staff | April 02, 2013

Pending legislation in New Mexico would enable renewable energy certificates (RECs) to be issued for the generation and use of thermal energy produced from renewable resources, with extra credits assigned to thermal energy generated from forest biomass.

The bill, S.B. 204, was introduced by state Sen. Phil Griego. According to the text of the legislation, each REC has a minimum value of 1 kWh for the purpose of renewable portfolio standard (RPS) compliance. For thermal credits, 3,412 Btu of useful thermal energy would be equivalent to at least 1 kWh for purposes of RPS compliance. For biomass energy produced using a majority of feedstock from forest-related materials, an additional REC per unit of energy would be assigned above the normal allocation.