U.S. Senate says yes to forest bioenergy

neskowin crest wind throw

Neskowin Crest wind throw (PHOTO CREDIT:  Pacific Northwest Interagency Natural Areas Network, via Google Image, Public Domain)

Editor’s comment:  Using forest biomass to make possible local generation of electricity in forested counties is a key element in the restoration of our national forests.  Energy from forest biomass provides a key economic driver without which landscape-scale fuel reduction projects are much less likely to occur.  This report, from THE RIPON ADVANCE, published Feb. 11th, conveys that the Collins amendment to the Energy Policy Modernization Act (S. 2102), which directs “federal agencies to adopt policies that support converting forest biomass into renewable energy,” was passed with bipartisan support.  Perhaps a step in the right direction.

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One Response to U.S. Senate says yes to forest bioenergy

  1. 2ndLaw says:

    Biomass extraction is not Key to forest restoration” because only a small fraction of all biomass extraction is associated with valid restoration projects. The vast majority is associated with traditional short-rotation industrial forestry. In this context, statements associating “biomass” and “restoration” are just a form of greenwashing.

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