Clean-Power-Plan

Trump Coal Power Plan Could Increase Use of Forest Biomass as Coal Replacement

Allowing states to co-fire biomass with coal will undermine the main objective of increasing coal plant efficiency

Air Pollution, All posts, Carbon emissions, Coal, Forests, US Federal Policy, US Work

Pruitt’s parting shot: a Clean Power Plan that will actually increase CO2 emissions

Co-firing biomass with coal will increase emissions, decrease power plant efficiency, and increase forest destruction, to boot.

Air Pollution, All posts, Biomass basics, Carbon emissions, Coal, US Federal Policy, US Work

New analysis of government data finds burning wood for electricity will undermine Clean Power Plan

The Energy Information Administration found biomass will displace solar energy, not coal, if classified as “carbon neutral” in the Clean Power Plan.

All posts, Biomass basics, Carbon emissions, Reports, US Work

RGGI’s failure to count biomass CO2 means emissions “reductions” are dramatically overstated

Our analysis of RGGI’s own projections for CO2 emissions shows that if biomass CO2 were counted, actual emissions could be more than 40% higher than are currently projected.

All posts, Biomass basics, Carbon emissions, States, US Work
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Interpreting the Biomass Power Association’s Complaints: An Annotated Guide

The Biomass Power Association wants Massachusetts to rescind regulations on biomass power plants and go back to a system of paying them to pollute because these highly carbon-intensive facilities can’t meet the state’s standards.

Air Pollution, All posts, Biomass basics, Carbon emissions, Massachusetts

Biomass in the Clean Power Plan: More Accountability, But Still Considered “Zero-Emissions”

Emission reductions should be “quantifiable, verifiable, non-duplicative, permanent and enforceable.” Is this even possible with biomass?

All posts, Carbon emissions, US Work

White House threatens veto of EPA appropriations bill due to riders, including bioenergy carbon neutrality provision

Legislating biomass as carbon neutral is dumb and dangerous. Apparently the White House agrees.

All posts, Biomass basics, Carbon emissions, US Work

Coalition calls on White House to take wood-burning power plants out of plan for reducing greenhouse emissions

There’s really no better way to sabotage the Clean Power Plan than by burning up the forest carbon sink in power plants and then treating the electricity generated as if it has zero emissions.

All posts, Biomass basics, Carbon emissions, US Work

Letter from Rep. Connolly (VA) to EPA: Treating bioenergy as carbon neutral may undermine the Clean Power Plan

Treating biomass as carbon-neutral may have unintended consequences that could actually undermine and inhibit our ability to reduce carbon emissions.

All posts, Biomass basics, Carbon emissions, States, Virginia