Location: Continent - North America, Country - United States
Type of resource: NGO Report
Topics: Biodiversity, Biomass Power Stations, Forests, Human Impact, Wood pellet production
A report that reveals the potential scale of the threat to southeastern bottomland hardwood forests from wood pellet mills in the region. Millions of acres of vulnerable bottomland hardwood forests which provide critical habitat to a host of rare species and deliver important ecosystem services to local communities are in the bull’s eye of existing and proposed wood pellet mills’ potential sourcing areas.
A study commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council and conducted by Vivid Economics indicates that by 2025, electricity from coal-to-biomass conversions will not be one of the three lowest-cost forms of electricity in the United Kingdom, and will not be needed to ensure reliability of electricity supply as the country phases out coal. According to the findings, any new biomass capacity constructed will be outcompeted by lower cost generation and will thus be an obsolete asset within the decade. Continuing to support biomass conversion through a Contract-for-Difference could result in the country paying an excess implicit subsidy of over £360 million compared to wind energy.
A study by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Dogwood Alliance spotlights critical flaws in the Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) standard and raises serious questions about the standard’s ability to provide credible assurances of biomass sustainability and carbon emissions intensity.
A new report from climate change think tank Ember reveals the cost of burning wood for power, with energy billpayers committed to subsidies of more than £13 billion, including £10bn at Drax power station alone. In addition to the direct subsidy, we estimate biomass generators are receiving carbon tax breaks of £333 million a year.
Analysis of the potential energy production from growing biomass on "spare" land in the European Union, which shows that the data on land is sparse, the area of land available is limited and the overall energy potential from growing dedicated energy crops on such land is very low.
Research looking at energy production from woody biomass. The authors argue that generating electricity by burning wood is an extremely inefficient use of land under conditions of sustainable supply of the fuel and conclude that transfer to bio-energy without radical changes in the existing economic system would further aggravate the environmental crisis.
An analysis which shows that intensive biomass harvests could constitute an important source of carbon transfer from forests to the atmosphere, partly neutralizing the role of a carbon sink played by forest soils.
A new @EU_Commission scientific report concludes that most forest #biomass produces harms the climate, biodiversity, or both. @WWFEU on what the EU must now do about it --> https://www.wwf.eu/?uNewsID=2009241 @1alexmason