Are you interested in learning how one state is creating a sustainable market for bioenergy crops, while saving taxpayers upwards of $43,000 per year? Or did you know that estimates show that continuing to develop our domestic biomass resources could contribute nearly $259 billion and 1.1 million jobs to the U.S. economy by 2030? Or are you curious how many everyday products are now being produced from algal biomass? If these questions interest you, check out the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s new blog, Bioprose: Building the Bioeconomy through Technology & Communication.
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 18, 2017 – the Fifth Annual Bioenergy Day! This year, the event focus will be on the role of bioenergy in a larger forest products economy that promotes forest health. Bioenergy stakeholders are invited to participate by holding a facility tour, panel discussion or other event focused on bioenergy and its many benefits. Biomass power, domestic and export pellets, biogas, anaerobic digesters, combined heat and power – all of these types of bioenergy are part of Bioenergy Day. Learn more on www.bioenergyday.com.
The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities has announced the launch of the revitalized wood bioenergy facility database and mapping tool (www.wood2energy.org). The site is the most comprehensive database of its kind in North America. The vision for Wood2Energy.org was to develop a database and mapping tool that aggregates facility level data to deliver a unique perspective of the wood bioenergy industry. With separate, clickable layers and simple symbology organizing data by facility type, size, operational status, and additional detailed information for each data point, users have the ability to plot and contextualize data from the macro-level down to the site-level.
In Washington, the 2016 Billion-Ton Report, jointly released by the U.S. Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, concludes that the United States has the potential to sustainably produce at least 1 billion dry tons of nonfood biomass resources annually by 2040. These renewable resources include agricultural, forestry and algal biomass, as well as waste. They encompass the current and future potential of biomass, from currently available logging and crop residues to future available algae and dedicated energy crops–all useable for the production of biofuel, biopower and bioproducts. (Biofuels Digest)
USDA-FSA has announced that it will resume offering incentives through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). BCAP provides financial assistance to farmers and ranchers who establish and maintain new crops of energy biomass, or who harvest and deliver forest or agricultural residues to a USDA-approved facility that creates energy or biobased products. See the USDA-FSA news release.
To learn more about BCAP or to enroll in updates, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/bcap or contact your local FSA county office.