Massachusetts Addresses “Biomass Loophole” and Limits Subsidies – Forbes

Posted by Michelle, May 23, 2012

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) issued regulations recently limiting ratepayer-funded subsidies known as renewable energy certificates (RECs) to only those biomass power plants which adhere to scientific standards for climate and forest impacts. The regulations followed a two-year review process involving scientists, industry, and citizen groups.

The regulations are a huge win for local activist groups and an important course correction to the “biomass loophole” that wood from forests has enjoyed in many policy frameworks around the world. Woody biomass has been presumed to be carbon neutral because carbon emissions released by burning the wood would be taken back up from the atmosphere as new trees grew.

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