N.D. survey shows support for biomass tax incentives

By Erin Voegele | March 05, 2015

The North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy has published results of a statewide public opinion survey on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Biomass energy one of the renewable energy types addressed in the survey, which was commissioned by NDARE and conducted by the University of North Dakota Bureau of Government Affairs, with financial support from the North Dakota Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.

Regarding renewable energy and energy efficiency as a whole, the survey shows 73 percent of respondents said more Resource Trust Funds should be allocated to renewable energy and energy efficiency projects or programs in the state. The majority of respondents said those Resource Trust Funds should be used to support energy education, energy use monitoring for public buildings, utility rebate programs and alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure.

According to the survey, 51 percent of respondents believe increasing renewable energy resources in the state will create more jobs, while only 9 percent said renewable energy would result in job losses.

The majority of respondents also indicated they are generally supportive of extending certain tax incentive programs for renewable energy that expired on Dec. 31 for another four years. For incentives for biomass projects, 48 percent said they strongly supported expending the incentive for an additional four years, with 26 percent saying they somewhat support the extension. Slightly fewer respondents supported extending tax incentives for solar and small wind projects, while slightly more support extending the incentives for the geothermal heating and cooling system program. Within the report, NDARE breaks down the support for biomass tax incentives by gender, age, region, community type, income, political party and education level.