Sustainable Biomass and Energy Program

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EESI’s strategy is to have biomass – substantively and politically – become part of any climate change mitigation strategy. Enormous opportunities exist for developing rural America’s clean energy resources, including bioenergy – the production of electricity, useable heat, liquid fuels and biobased products from biomass. Our goal is to develop policies and incentives that will help diversify feedstocks and appropriate technologies to build an environmentally sustainable bioenergy industry. Yet there exists a tremendous knowledge gap among policymakers, farmers and foresters, and other key stakeholders about bioenergy opportunities. EESI seeks to educate policymakers about the potential economic development, energy security, and environmental benefits of sustainably tapping the country’s abundant biomass resources.

Since EESI began its Sustainable Biomass and Energy program, significant advances have been made in promoting bioenergy. The federal government has enacted new laws, which contain a variety of incentives to help farmers, foresters and rural communities develop their renewable energy resources. EESI plays a substantial role in crafting legislation, building coalitions, working with state and local officials, and federal agencies in developing these polices. A network of stakeholders from across the country and the world help EESI connect bioenergy policy initiatives in Washington, DC with on-the-ground research, needs and demands of stakeholders and barriers to policy and technology development.

Ethanol fermenter and poplar photos courtesy of DOE/NREL

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