Rachel Smolker: Burning biomass is not carbon neutral

So long as the carbon accounting skullduggery is maintained, there will be the myth that we are reducing CO2 even as we are making matters only far worse.

Andrew Perchlik: Local wood for local good

In its latest strategic plan, the Clean Energy Development Fund established investing in Vermont’s advanced wood heating sector as a top priority.

Vermont Law School energy report presents sustainable paths to increase use of woody biomass while protecting Vermont forests

News Release — Vermont Law School Aug. 31, 2015 Contact: Maryellen Apelquist, Director of Communications, Vermont Law School office: 802-831-1228, cell: 802-299-5593, [email protected] SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt., Aug. 31, 2015––The Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) at Vermont Law School today released a report titled “Woody Biomass: The Path Toward a Sustainable Use of Vermont’s […]

Welch announces legislation to spur the use of modern wood heating systems

This afternoon in Montpelier, Rep. Peter Welch announced bipartisan legislation that would make it more affordable for Vermonters to install wood heating systems in their homes or businesses.

Biomass plant considered for Vermont Yankee site

Vernon officials discuss the creation of a biomass or hybrid natural gas/biomass generator after the nuclear plant closes.

ANR wants more resources to handle increase in renewable energy projects

The number of solar, biomass and wind projects has jumped 400 percent while Agency of Natural Resources’ staf has remained flat, officials say.

PSB denies permit for North Springfield biomass project

The Vermont Public Service Board rejected a proposed wood-fired electric plant in North Springfield on Tuesday. The 25-35 megawatt North Springfield Sustainable Energy Project was announced in 2009. Winstanley Enterprises LLC of Concord, Mass. developed the project. The board ruled the project was not the best way to meet current and future energy demands; it […]

Smith: ‘Let’s talk about wind … and biomass and solar and hydro’

After hearing the recommendations of the Governor’s Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission, Rep. Tony Klein asked if we are asking the right question. Is the issue the siting process, or is it the specific technologies?

Kropelin: The many benefits of Burlington’s McNeil Station to Vermont

McNeil’s forestry staff works collaboratively with Fish & Wildlife to protect critical habitats and adhere to wood harvesting standards that far exceed any other commercial market in the state

Electronic map tracks logging for biomass energy in Vermont

The first and only electronic map tracking logging sites sourcing wood to a biomass energy facility has been released by Energy Justice Network, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization with field offices in Vermont, Pennsylvania and Oregon.

Schlossberg: Carbon accounting error skews Burlington’s Climate Action Plan

Before we build any more of these carbon-spewing, air-polluting, forest-devouring incinerators, shouldn’t we first measure the health and environmental impacts of our existing biomass power facilities: McNeil and Ryegate?

Digger Tidbits: More merger, fracking and biomass

On the House floor Thursday, Rep. Michael Marcotte asked that a bill that has been sitting in the House Appropriations committee be returned to its original committee, House Commerce and Economic Development.

Business leaders support Fair Haven Energy Center

For immediate release April 6, 2012 Contact Adam Necrason Phone: 802-338-0792 Email: [email protected] Tom Emero Phone: 508-321-1181 Email: [email protected] FAIR HAVEN, VT – Three dozen businesses have signed onto a letter asking state and utility leaders to support the Fair Haven Energy Center project. The proposed Energy Center is a 29.5 MW woody biomass power […]

Environmentalists want “tiered” approach to efficiency standards for biomass

Without some sort of tiered approach, the state would allow less efficient projects to go online and count toward the renewable portfolio standard, Fidel said.