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First-Rate Conference in Seattle

This blog is going to be short and sweet as I had to spend an extra night in the Twin Cities (mechanical trouble on the plane) on my way back from the biomass conference in Seattle, and the deadline for Biomass Power & Thermal magazine is looming.
By Rona Johnson | January 14, 2011

This blog is going to be short and sweet as I had to spend an extra night in the Twin Cities (mechanical trouble on the plane) on my way back from the Pacific West Biomass Conference & Trade Show in Seattle and the deadline for the February Biomass Power & Thermal magazine is looming.

I have to say though, that the delayed flight was the only low point about the whole event. I thought the speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, attendees and even the two protestors made for a first-class conference. It’s too bad the protesters don’t have a better understanding of our industry and the pains we take to be sustainable when it comes to the use of woody biomass.

There was one thing though that would have been really cool had it worked in our favor. On Tuesday afternoon we had a panel called Reacting to a Growing Emissions Rulemaking Landscape, where panelists discussed the boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technologies and the Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule. On Wednesday morning, the U.S. EPA released a statement saying it was delaying regulation of carbon dioxide emissions from biomass under the Clean Air Act for three years. It would have been perfect had they done it Tuesday morning, which would have probably drawn a larger crowd and allowed the panelists to announce the change.

But there’s no way we could have planned for it so we’ll just be happy about the EPA’s decision, which should lead to more biomass power development in the next few years.

Don’t forget to register for our International Biomass Conference & Expo, which will be held May 2-5 in St. Louis. For more information on that event, go to www.biomassconference.com.

1 Responses

  1. DQ

    2011-01-14

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    My colleagues had similarly positive things to say about the event. As an industry we need to do a lot more to work with the communities to help them understand that: A)Yes, if done correctly, Biomass can be done cleanly with minimal impacts to air quality, and won't be an eyesore. We can't dismiss their concerns as simple NIMBYism. We need to collaborate and educate. B) Yes, if done correctly, biomass is carbon neutral and good for the environment. We're not going to cut down the entire forest for wood energy.

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