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BIOMASS TRUTH CONFERENCE CALL: Taxpayer Subsidies for Bioenergy Logging on March 19 @ 5pm PT / 8 ET

Biomass Truth Conference Call – Taxpayer Subsidies for Bioenergy Logging 
Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 5pm PST / 8 ET
Guest Speaker: Roy Keene, Our Forests
Roy Keene, public interest forester and director of Our Forests, has forty years of experience in the woods pushing for the protection of public forests and the reform of private land logging practices.

Call in on Thurs, March 19 at 5pm PT / 8 ET to learn about the various subsidies for “biomass” energy logging — including transportation, firefighting, weak private forest practice laws, tax exemptions, and public utilities buying biomass power above market rate — and how these taxpayer handouts further deplete already stressed forests and dwindling water supplies, without the promised increases in jobs or revenue.

Email thebiomassmonitor [at] gmail.com for call in number and access code.

Landfill Keeps Rhode Island Incinerator Debate Alive

– by Tim Faulkner, March 4, 2015, Eco RI News

The seemingly annual debate about building a waste incinerator in Rhode Island resolved little on the issue this year, except that any such facility is too expensive and likely at least 10 years from ever being built.

The sole advocate for considering an incinerator is the operator of the Central Landfill in Johnston, the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC). The agency simply wants to take a hard look at an incinerator as it investigates options for the state’s waste when the landfill inevitably runs out of space.

Currently, state law prohibits RIRRC from owning and operating an incinerator and from even considering it for its comprehensive plan. A pending bill would void the prohibition on studying incineration. It also would remove language in the state law that says incineration is the most expensive method of waste disposal.

“Removing this language is not consent to build,” Sarah Kite, RIRRC’s director of recycling services, said during a Feb. 26 Statehouse hearing. “This is not giving us permission to do anything other than really intensely study this issue and to bring those recommendations back to this board.”

Procter & Gamble Fires Up Massive Biomass Investment

– by Heather Clancy, March 3, 2015, Forbes 

[Another one-sided piece of “journalism” that takes all industry claims for granted and doesn’t mention any health or environmental impacts of bioenergy. -Josh]

With companies like Apple and Google regularly stealing headlines for their solar and wind investments, it’s easy to forget “renewable” energy comes in many forms.

For consumer products giant Procter & Gamble biomass continues to be highly strategic. Indeed, it’s working on one of the biggest corporate biomass plants in the United States, a 50-megawatt installation at its Bounty and Charmin manufacturing plant in Albany, Georgia.

The $200 million project, spearheaded by Exelon subsidiary Constellation, is actually a replacement for a much smaller boiler that’s been in service for more than 30 years. The new cogeneration technology will provide 100% of the steam needed to run the production line, and approximately 60-70% of the energy for the facility, said Len Sauer, P&G’s vice president of global sustainability. The previous technology contributed about 30% of the total energy needed at the site.

Hardwood Trees Chipped for Nova Scotia Biomass

– by Roger Taylor, February 26, 2015, Herald Business

Hardwood trees are being allowed to go up in smoke, and with them a number of rural manufacturing jobs that are hard to replace.

It is easy to reach that conclusion after reading stories about several companies in rural Nova Scotia that have been making products from hardwood.

Just recently, the inability to access enough local hardwood was one of the reasons given by the owners of River’s Bend Wood Products Inc. for shutting down their flooring plant.

New York Republicans Trying to Slip Pricey Biofuels Mandate into Budget

– by Fredric U. Dicker, March 2, 2015, New York Post

With a bitter-cold winter and skyrocketing heating oil use, the GOP’s timing couldn’t be worse.

Senate Republicans, under pressure from maverick supermarket billionaire John Catsimatidis, are trying to slip a “green biofuels” mandate into Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new budget that could add $150 million a year to heating costs in New York, business sources have told The Post.

Catsimatidis, a Republican mayoral hopeful in 2013 and a heavy campaign contributor to Senate Republicans as well as Cuomo, is well known in the city for owning the Gristedes supermarket chain.

But he’s also the owner of United Metro Energy Corp., a large company that is putting the finishing touches on a massive Brooklyn biofuel-processing plant that will be the largest in the Northeast when it opens this fall.

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