California Biomass Energy Alliance applauds passage of SB 32

The California legislature recently passed legislation to extend the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets through 2030. One bill, SB 32, sets a target to reduce GHG emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
The California Biomass Energy Alliance has spoken out in support of the bill. 
“The biomass industry will continue to be an essential tool in reducing greenhouse by providing clean, green renewable energy,” said Executive Director Julee Malinowski-Ball.

Erin Voegele, Biomass Magazine (8/25/16)

Brad Simpkins: The Sustainable Truth About Biomass

Moreover, even as we are using biomass to produce energy, research from the US Forest Service shows the amount of carbon stored in the above-ground portion of trees has increased in New Hampshire by over 4 percent between 2006 and 2012. Clearly, the use of biomass in our state is more than just carbon neutral; our forests are providing a positive benefit.

Brad Simpkins, Caledonian Record (8/8/16)

National Association of Counties Encourages Continued Support for Renewable Wood Energy

Wood energy products promote the ongoing health and sustainability of forests. Biomass harvesting stimulates growth of higher value timber by removing weaker or deformed trees from groves. Over the long-term, thinning operations and reduction of combustible materials will reduce fire danger, lower firefighting costs, and helping restore forests.

Tony Hyde, Morning Consult (8/3/16)

The twin fallacies of anti-biomass arguments

First, the facts are clear. Forests that are actively managed to produce a variety of goods and services provide significant carbon benefits. Data show that nationwide these forests are growing 40% more wood than is removed annually. That is 40% more wood in net growth after taking into account all removals for lumber, paper and packaging, and energy, and from natural events like fire, insects and disease. In other words, the rate of carbon replenishment in privately managed forests far exceeds in real time the rate of carbon released for biomass energy or any other use.

National Alliance of Forest Owners (7/21/16)

How Biomass Can Provide Carbon Benefits

Under the program, states determine their own strategies for cutting carbon emissions from power plants, including the opportunity to use qualified biomass in place of fossil fuels. The agency recognizes that a wide range of agricultural and forest biomass can provide carbon benefits, including controlling atmospheric carbon-dioxide levels. Contrary to Mr. Dale’s claim that this program creates an “unjustified carbon tax,” it actually creates a market for biomass and an economic opportunity for American farmers.

Janet McCabe, Wall Street Journal (7/15/16)

(McCabe is the Acting Assistant Administrator in Office of Air and Radiation at the Environmental Protection Agency)

Congress must act on bioenergy

At the risk of bragging, there is no better example of the sustainable potential of biomass energy than our industries themselves.  The pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products sectors use biomass for roughly two-thirds of our power, and so we are able to dramatically reduce our fossil fuel purchases. And we do it with leftovers from the manufacturing process—along with wood lost due to insects, disease and fire, that would otherwise decompose naturally emitting the carbon back into the atmosphere.

Robert Glowinski, Donna Harman, Deb Hawkinson, and Dave Tenny, The Hill (7/8/16)

Congress confirms biomass should help fight climate change

The extraordinary growth of American forests -- a 50 percent increase in volume since the 1950s -- is a major reason why biomass offers such significant carbon savings. New trees sequester carbon from the atmosphere, reducing the total greenhouse gas emissions resulting from biomass. In fact, the net growth in U.S. forests offsets 13 percent of total U.S. CO2 emissions annually.
The Senate is right to recognize the carbon benefits of biomass energy. It is another important source of hope for bringing down global greenhouse gas emissions.

Roger Sedjo and Stephen Shaler, The Hill (5/31/16)

Biomass would solve many of our forest problems

Wildfires are devastating to humans, wildlife and ecology. They also create significant damage to headwaters health with runoff into the streams and other waterways as well as sterilization of the ground from tremendous heat generated. 
In short, we have a big problem with multiple effects, none of which any of us want to see happen. I believe the solution is biomass energy production. This to me is a win-win solution; we avoid devastation to the environment, the forests, the headwaters, humans, and animals while providing jobs at the same time.

Mark Engel, Record Searchlight (5/30/16)

Dirigo: Maine Lives Up to Motto

Biomass power, as part of the forest products sector, is a cornerstone of Maine commerce. 
When Maine’s biomass fleet is running at full capacity, it provides up to 25 percent of the state’s total electricity. That’s not a share of renewable power, but of Maine’s entire electricity needs, one of the highest renewable power shares of any state in the nation.

Bob Cleaves, Biomass Magazine (5/24/16)