BCAP Funding Goes to Biofuels Production
I was going to go on a rant this week about the latest announcement for project areas for USDA’s Biomass Crop Assistance Program, and the obvious bias toward biomass transportation fuels. But after reading Biomass Power Association President and CEO Bob Cleaves’ remarks at the U.S. DOE’s Biomass 2011 conference, I’m going to do as he did and take the high road.
At the conference, which was held July 26-27, Cleaves said the U.S. needs to consider all of the resources available to it and the best possible, most efficient ways to use those resources to produce energy when it develops policies and funding opportunities.
With the negotiations going on right now in Congress over the debt ceiling, I think everyone in the renewable energy world needs to pull together.
And, whether you produce power, heat or transportation fuels, the more biomass that’s available the better for everyone.
And, correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that just because you are in a project area with a designated bioenergy plant, doesn’t mean you have to deliver biomass to that particular plant. I’m under the impression that farmers and landowners can sell their biomass to any qualified biomass conversion facility. So the federal government may be able to pick and choose the project areas, but in the end competition and the free market economy will win.
Just in case Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is reading this, I would like to make a pitch for Green Flame Energy to become a BCAP project area. Green Flame Energy in central Illinois wants to quality as a BCAP project area so farmers and landowners can supply miscanthus and prairie grasses to Pearl, Ill.-based Prairie Power Inc., which is seeking to cofire coal and biomass.
For more information about Green Flame Energy, see http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/5626/green-flame-energy-seeks-bcap-project-area-designation.