BPA president addresses DOE Biomass 2011 Conference

By Biomass Power Association | July 26, 2011

Bob Cleaves, president and CEO of the Biomass Power Association, participated as a panelist in the U.S. DOE’s Biomass 2011 Conference on July 26.

Cleaves served on the panel titled What is the best use of biomass? Asked to comment on the merits of biomass for electricity as opposed to the use of biomass for fuel or products, Cleaves’ message was clear: U.S. energy policy and tax policy must account for all kinds of energy—and provide similar incentives for all—to chart a course for an energy future that is realistic, productive and affordable.

 “The conversation we need to have is ‘How can we ensure that we are getting the most out of all energy sources that are available to us?’” Cleaves said. “Energy policy is not for purists—we are going to need every type of energy to keep our nation running effectively well into the future, and U.S. energy and tax policies should take an ‘all of the above’ approach whenever possible.”  

“Let’s promote an energy policy that truly diversifies our portfolio—while simultaneously promoting jobs and providing environmental benefits,” Cleaves added.

The theme for the fourth annual DOE biomass conference was Replace the Whole Barrel, Supply the Whole Market: The New Horizons of Bioenergy. The conference opened with keynote addresses from Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The conference will continue tomorrow and will include diverse perspectives on the biomass industry from environmental groups, scientists, officials and industry leaders.