Inside May 2010


Southern Discomfort

BY Anna AustinTo date, 29 U.S. states and the nation's capitol have adapted renewable energy standards, and the possibility of a national mandate is looming. The Southeast, however, seems to be lagging behind the rest of the country in implementing renewable energy policies. READ MORE

Possible Policy Change

BY Lisa GibsonThe U.K.'s Department of Energy and Climate Change is considering adjustments to its biomass policies in response to numerous concerns from developers including inability to secure funding and inadequate subsidies for cofiring facilities. READ MORE

Facing the Vocal Opposition

BY Lisa GibsonAs the biomass power industry grows, so do the organizations that seek to stop it. Opponents have been influential in postponing and even terminating plans for proposed plants, forcing developers to be more savvy in their pubic outreach. READ MORE

Mitigation Mechanism

BY Lisa GibsonUsing algae for carbon mitigation at power plants is gaining momentum but there is disagreement over whether it's the best or most efficient use of the resource. READ MORE

Avant-Garde Agave

BY Anna AustinA group of researchers are touting agave, a plant traditionally used to produce tequila, as a revolutionary cellulosic ethanol feedstock. READ MORE


Projecting Cropped Biomass Supplies: The Landowner Factor

BY Dan Conable and Tim VolkNew York biomass study focuses on landowner choices and preferences in determining how much biomass can be grown and at what cost. READ MORE

Biomass is Having a (Political) Moment

BY Rob GoldbergBiomass project developers can benefit by taking a closer look at the opportunities offered by the federal government in the cash grant program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and USDA's Biomass Crop Assistance Program. READ MORE

IP Pitfalls in Talking With Others

BY Richard B. HoffmanThis is the second part of a two-part series. The first part detailed several scenarios in which intellectual property rights problems can arise. The second part is about the basic laws that affect third-party disclosures and tips regarding such disclosures. READ MORE

Understanding the Economic Drivers of Originating Biomass for Power Projects

BY Scott McDermottParticipation in the emerging biomass-to-energy industry requires knowledge of the origination, logistic, storage and handling challenges involved with the various biomass resources. READ MORE

Guidebook Supports Small-Scale Biomass Project Development in NY

BY Mark Boustouler and Alison ReynoldsThe New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has sponsored the production of a guidebook to assist developers of biomass-power projects that produce less than 10 megawatts. READ MORE

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