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Biomass to the Rescue
Posted May 28, 2010



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Surveys offer industry view of carbon policy

Platts and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP recently released the results of surveys that provide insight into how U.S. businesses and utilities view climate change-related policies, initiatives and government actions. Platts' survey found that 80 percent of respondents were dissatisfied with the U.S. government's energy policy performance, while PricewaterhouseCoopers survey determined that a majority of U.S. respondents do not feel that government has effectively engaged with businesses in a way that ensures environmental policies take industry views into account.READ MORE

CRFA releases biofuels impact report

The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association has released the first-ever third party economic impact assessment of renewable fuels investments in Canada. Conducted by econometric firm Dolyetech Corp., the assessment reported that ethanol and biodiesel use added $2 billion to Canada's annual economy. The 28 operating renewable fuels plants in Canada produced roughly 660 MMgy and provided a net benefit of $1.473 billion to the economy. The operating facilities also created 1,038 direct and indirect jobs while the plants under construction created 14,177 jobs.READ MORE

Indeck Energy helps schools cut costs with biomass

With the help of a state program and Indeck Ladysmith LLC, schools in Wisconsin may have the opportunity to reduce fuel costs by switching to woody biomass.READ MORE

Scientists caution of bioenergy pollutants

Ninety American scientists are urging U.S. House and Senate leaders to accurately account for carbon dioxide emissions from bioenergy in any climate or energy legislation, saying the public perception that all biofuels and bioenergy are good for the environment is untrue. But Donna Harman, CEO of the American Forest and Paper Association, disagrees.READ MORE

Ireland incentivizes biomass

Biomass power has gained new government support in Ireland, with recently announced renewable energy feed-in tariffs that range from 15 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) to 8.5 cents per kWh depending on the technology deployed, as well as a miscanthus pilot demonstration program.READ MORE

Novozymes partners for cellulosic ethanol research

Energy crop company Ceres Inc. and enzyme provider Novozymes will collaborate on research to co-develop customized plant varieties and enzyme cocktails to improve cellulosic ethanol production.READ MORE

BCAP matching payments at $224 million

The USDA has released reports revealing what types of eligible materials have been contracted through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program as of May 18, as well as the number of contracts for each material and the total collection, harvest, storage and transportation matching payment value.READ MORE

FirstEnergy encounters opposition to biomass plans

Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy has plans to convert its 312-megawatt coal-fired R.E. Burger power plant along the Ohio River to biomass, but two state organizations have concerns with sustainability and the source of that biomass.READ MORE