Union of Concerned Scientists: 680 Million Tons of U.S. Biomass Available by 2030
by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The Union of Concerned Scientists has published a report that shows that biomass feedstock has the potential to dramatically increase our nation’s renewable energy supply. The report, titled “The Promise of Biomass,” determined that 680 million tons of biomass could be made available by 2030. That biomass, which could be used to produce fuels and power, is enough to produce 54 billion gallons of cellulosic biofuel, or to generate enough electricity to meet one-fifth of nationwide demand.
In the study, the UCS noted that the key to using biomass resources in a beneficial way is to focus on the right resources, and to use them at an appropriate scale. The organization also said that bioenergy has the potential to grow rapidly. “The fact that it can be produced from a variety of resources distributed around the country represents a significant opportunity for local and regional economies,” said the UCS in the study. “Developing the technologies, practices, and policies needed to use these resources responsibly, while avoiding the pitfalls associated with unsustainable development, will ensure that communities across America benefit both financially and environmentally.” READ MORE Download study