About Biomass Power Association
The Biomass Power Association is the nation's leading organization working to expand and advance the use of clean, renewable biomass power. The Association represents 80 biomass power plants in 20 states across the U.S.
Increasing America's use of biomass and other renewable energy is the first step in combating climate change and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. Biomass power generates carbon neutral electricity from natural organic waste, providing sustainable energy.
America can depend on the biomass industry to provide clean, renewable electricity and create thousands of green jobs in communities across the country. Biomass power is the natural solution for energy independence.
National BioEnergy Day
The International Biomass Conference
BPA President Bob Cleaves represents biomass in a panel discussion at the International Biomass Conference & Expo in Minneapolis, MN, in April. Bob discussed energy tax reform, specifically the need to create parity among all energy sources
What's Happening in our Forest?
An animated short by Aspen Center for Environmental Studies exploring how forests affect, and are affected by, the forces around them
Carbon Neutral Electricity
Leading Government Environmental Organizations Recognize Biomass Power As Carbon Neutral
"The CO2 emitted from biomass-based fuels combustion does not increase atmospheric CO2 concentrations, assuming the biogenic carbon emitted is offset by the uptake of CO2 resulting from the growth of new biomass." The United States Environmental Protection Agency, 74 Fed. Reg. 24,904, 25,039 (May 26, 2009).
"CO2 emissions from biogenic fuels, including bagasse, wood, wood waste, ethanol, black liquor, and municipal greenwaste, should be omitted from your emissions inventory as they are not considered to be anthropogenic emissions." The United States Department of Energy, Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Program, implementing Section1605 (b) of the Energy Policy Act of 1992.
Biomass is considered as CO2 neutral. An emission factor of 0 [tCO2/TJ or t or Nm3] shall be applied to biomass." European Commission, guidelines for monitoring and reporting of GHG emissions. Commission Decision of 18 July 2007 establishing guidelines for the monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions pursuant to Directive 2003/87/EC.
"The record shows that electric generation using biomass that would otherwise be disposed of under a variety of conventional methods (such as open burning, forest accumulation, landfills, composting) results in a substantial net reduction in GHG emissions." California Public Utilities Commission, January 2007, Decision 07-01-039