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Biomass Articles go 'Viral'

I don’t often write about this, but two stories that we posted to our website recently went "viral" as they say in the YouTube world.
By Rona Johnson | February 11, 2011

I don’t often write about this, but two stories that we posted to our website recently went "viral” as they say in the YouTube world.

One story was about wind statistics in the U.K., showing that wind speeds have been diminishing over the years, which could influence renewable energy policies in that country, which currently favor wind energy.

Within a day, the story had 975 views and as Friday there were 1,246 views, so I’m assuming readers were interested. Government officials didn’t want to make a big deal about it and treated it as if it really wasn’t news. But the U.K.’s biomass power industry believes it is a big deal and should be considered when developing and implementing renewable energy incentives.

Another story that piqued reader interest was one that we posted last week about a $175 million 50-megawatt biomass power project in Virginia that received approval to begin preliminary construction. That story had 1,002 views within a day of it being posted, and as of Friday has 1,119 views. I’m thinking it attracted attention because of the price tag and the fact that it will use 250,000 to 500,000 tons of forest slash a year.

Another story about Montpelier, Vt., building a district energy system had 525 views, which didn’t surprise me because district energy is a hot topic. I think it’s something that many communities would like to do but it’s difficult, especially if major infrastructure changes are needed.

 

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