A weekly look at sustainable bioenergy, farm, and forest policy issues


July 15, 2011

Rural Energy for America Program: Worth a Second Look

The House Agriculture Committee has begun hearings in preparation for reauthorizing and/or reforming the nation’s nutrition and agriculture programs. The current authorization for these programs (the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008) expires at the end of 2012.

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Advanced Wood and Pellet Heat: A Clean, Renewable Energy Solution

On July 13, the Alliance for Green Heat held a symposium to explore how the United States can maximize the renewable energy potential of wood and pellet heat with the development and deployment of clean and more efficient technologies and fuels. At the symposium, the Alliance released a new report, Transforming Wood Heat In America: A Toolkit of Policy Options.

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Policies to Move the Renewable Biogas Industry Forward

That was the topic of a July 17 webinar presented by the recently established American Biogas Council.

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EPA Issues Final Three-Year Deferral for CO2 Emissions from Bioenergy

On July 1, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the “Final Deferral for CO2 Emissions from Bioenergy and Other Biogenic Sources under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Title V Programs.” According to the EPA, “this final rule defers, for a period of three years, greenhouse gas (GHG) permitting requirements for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from biomass-fired and other biogenic sources.”

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Can We Have Enough Food and Bioenergy, Too?

Having access to adequate food and nutrition is essential to human survival. Having access to adequate energy supplies is also key to human development. In the shift to a fully renewable, sustainable energy economy that is needed to avert harmful climate change, both needs will have to be fulfilled for a growing global population – especially for the roughly two billion people who today lack access to adequate nutrition and energy.

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Writer: Ned Stowe




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