Massachusetts to provide new standards in Biomass
Regulations have never been clearly defined in the Biomass field which seems to be causing some debate. Biomass power, which is the burning of plants and trees to create electricity, is getting the reputation of just taking down forests that we need to absorb carbon dioxide. Yes, when trees are cut down for Biomass use, Carbon dioxide is omitted and the living trees and plants absorb it. The main focus in the battle against global warming is the issue of how to get rid of all the carbon dioxide that we are creating. So is it even a good thing to be burning up all these forests when they could be absorbing more and more carbon dioxide.
Another issue is that the residue left over from forest fires would be the ideal material for Biomass yet the forest floor also needs that residue to keep creating healthy soil. Yesterday Massachusetts State’s secretary for energy and environmental affairs, Ian A. Bowles, took action. He wrote a letter to the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources instructing them to create more specific guidelines and definitions of what exactly can and cannot be used in Biomass production. It seems that more research needs to be done to see if the good effects from producing Biomass are going to outweigh the bad.
Story from Green: A blog about Energy and the Environment