As of January 2015, AgSTAR estimates that there are approximately 247 anaerobic digester systems operating at commercial livestock farms in the United States. Visit the Anaerobic Digester Database for additional information. In-depth profiles of select projects are available here.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects has released the December edition of its Energy Infrastructure Update, reporting the U.S. added 254 MW of biomass energy capacity last year. Overall, the U.S. added a total of 490 new energy generation units in 2014 with a combined capacity of 15,384 MW. More than half of that new capacity came from renewable energy sources.
U.S. forest scientists are helping policy makers by decluttering and clarifying the basic science on biomass. Last November, 100 forest scientists in the U.S. jointly endorsed a set of “science fundamentals for biomass carbon accounting” that distill the growing body of biomass literature into a few straightforward principles. Learn more about these principles at the NAFO blog.
Happy New Year! The January 2015 edition of the Southern Bioenergy Network News has been posted. Please take a moment to review this month’s SBN News for information about the latest developments on energy policy at the national level and bioenergy news and project development activities from around the region. Hope to see some of you at the Southern Crossroads Conference in Auburn, AL, where the latest in biomass R&D will be examined.
The 25x’25 hosted a media call to refute the latest assertions made by Princeton researcher Tim Searchinger, the principal author of a highly contentious paper on biofuel and biomass production. The World Resources Institute report trots out a new version of the debunked contentions that any dedicated use of land for growing bioenergy comes at the cost of not using that land for growing food or animal feed, or for storing carbon. Please see the 25x’25 Statement in response to the WRI report.