DOE webinar to report results of Billion-Ton Update

By Matt Soberg | September 13, 2011

The 2005 U.S. Billion-Ton Study was intended to estimate the biomass potential within the country based upon assumptions regarding then current production capacity, availability and technology.  Expanding on the original, the “2011 U.S. Billion-Ton Update: Biomass Supply for a Bioenergy and Bioproducts Industry,” known as the 2011 Billion-Ton Update, included more direct inventory analysis regarding primary feedstocks, focused price and supply quantities, and “rigorous treatment and modeling of resource sustainability,” according to the U.S. DOE. 

The authors will address details of the report in a DOE webinar, “The U.S. Billion-Ton Update,” to be held on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 2-4 p.m. EDT. 

“The report examines the nation’s capacity to produce a billion dry tons of biomass resources annually for energy uses without impacting other vital U.S. farm and forest products, such as food, feed and fiber crops.,” according to the DOE. “It provides industry, policymakers, and the agricultural community with county-level data and includes analyses of current U.S. feedstock capacity and the potential for growth in crops and agricultural products for clean energy applications.” 

Authors will present focused analysis on the report’s results, differences from the 2005 study, analysis of findings and specific discussion applicable to the biomass industry. With President Obama’s renewable energy initiatives in mind, the webinar will tackle how the update helps to achieve these goals. The webinar will include an explanation of how to research data on the DOE’s Bionergy Knowledge Discovery Framework (Bioenergy KDF) website, along with a question and answer session.

The DOE’s Bioenergy KDF website helps researchers obtain specific study data including county and state level statistics, selected crop data and complete study files.

The webinar is free through the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, which is an arm of the organization that “invests in clean energy technologies that strengthen the economy, protect the environment, and reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil,” according to the DOE. 

To register for the webinar go to