EPA and Adminstration Needs to Align Biomass Policies

Recently, the White House unveiled its Climate and Natural Resources Priority Agenda.  The plan recognizes the significant contributions working forests, sustainable forest products and biomass energy markets make toward our nation’s climate solution.  In short, it shows the Administration understands working forests work for the climate. Yet, lurking behind the positive announcement from the White House is the lingering uncertainty about how the EPA will treat working forests in forthcoming policies. NAFO President and CEO Dave Tenny offers his thoughts on the matter.

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Four minutes with Tim Hughes

SAFER Advisory Board member Tim Hughes (Director of Biofuels, Department of Energy Development and Independence, Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet) was interviewed by Jim Lane of Biofuels Digest. Read the full interview here.

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National Bioenergy Day Website is Live

October 22, 2014, is the second annual National Bioenergy Day.  Currently, 40 host sites from 24 states are scheduled to showcase their research, progress, and impacts in producing local bioenergy for local use.  To help you find an event near your location, the organizers have created a National Bioenergy Day website to help hosts sites and interested parties connect.  The website features information and links to the various event sites, bioenergy FAQs, and bioenergy news.  Please visit www.bioenergyday.org.

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EPA Urged to Support Private Forest Landowners in Its Carbon Accounting Framework

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

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The September 2014 edition of the Southern Bioenergy Network News is posted

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.

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