While California's biomass power industry continues its struggle for survival, fuel suppliers are left without a home for mounting materials.
Increased reductions of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels required by California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard are driving up carbon credit prices, demand for advanced biofuels and imports.
Even though Europe is home to tried-and-true biogas technology, North American plant developers don't necessarily look abroad.
Ireland's forestry sector, a major economic driver in the country, is poised for growth along with the bioenergy industry.
If forest restoration projects in the Inland Northwest region were to become major suppliers of woody biomass for bioenergy, government subsidies in the form of tax credits, loan guarantees or other types of financial aid will be essential.