David Garman, assistant secretary and undersecretary of Energy from 2001-2007 under the George W. Bush administration, penned an op-ed that appeared in The Hill. The op-ed urges the EPA to utilize tools and metrics that encourage private forest land sustainability and long-term productivity when unveiling its accounting method for bioenergy greenhouse gas emissions. Please see Mr. Garman’s article at the following link: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/energy-environment/218565-epa-must-focus-on-forest-fact-versus-fiction
The September 2014 edition of the Southern Bioenergy Network News has been posted. Please take a moment to review this month’s SBN News for information on National Bioenergy Day, latest administration engagement regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard, and bioenergy news and project development activities from around the region. Take a look at photos from the North Carolina Bioenergy Field Day and Tour. Save the dates of September 30 and October 10 for the IBSS Woody Biomass Whistle Stop Tour in Columbus, MS and Knoxville, TN.
The Southeastern Sun Grant Center invites you to participate in the regional conference, Southern Crossroads: Progress In the Science & Technology of Biomass Production, Processing and Use. Hosted by The IBSS Partnership, the conference is scheduled for February 2-4, 2015 at Auburn, AL. The conference will focus on the scientific progress in the areas of biomass production, harvest, logistics and processing, conversion, and renewable energy, and will promote collaboration between academic, industry, non-profit and government partners within the region. The conference will also reflect on the progress that has been made, and consider the challenges that remain, to further the bioeconomy in south.
Politically “red” and “blue” states are increasingly turning green as they push energy efficiency and renewable power to save money and protect the planet, says a new bi-partisan report. The “State Clean Energy Cookbook” highlights GOP-dominant states that have adopted cost-effective energy policies that could serve as models for others across the nation.
The Society of American Foresters (SAF) has published “Forest Carbon Accounting Considerations in US Bioenergy Policy” in the Journal of Forestry. The article identifies and examines scientific-based insights essential to understanding forest bioenergy and “carbon debts” and illustrates why quantifying the full spectrum of forest-based activities is critical when accounting for biogenic carbon and carbon dioxide. More importantly, the article derives that wood products and energy resources derived from forests have the potential to play an important and ongoing role in mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
See the SAF Biogenic Carbon Accounting Team Press Release Sept 2014.