Proposed Revisions to Biomass Regulations Letter
Last Thursday, ELM and six other environmental groups issued a joint letter to Philip Giudice, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), on proposed revisions to the Biomass regulations.
To read the letter, click here.
The DOER released a draft regulation in September detailing the criteria woody biomass facilities would have to meet to qualify for Renewable Energy Credits under the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). ELM and its partners want to ensure that forestry residues and other biomass sources only be given credit as a renewable energy source when they deserve it. We want to ensure, for example, that growing forests (which remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere) are not clearcut to burn in biomass energy plants. We are largely supportive of the draft regulation, but we have recommended certain changes (see letter, above).
This draft regulation was informed by the study sponsored by the state and led by the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences entitled, "Biomass Sustainability and Carbon Policy."
Further information, including the proposed regulation, an overview of the proposed regulation, and the Manomet study can be found here.