Burning Forests for Electricity!?!

HRL backs off biomass

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

HRL Technology in the Latrobe valley had to call a halt to its plans for a study into using Wood and Timber Waste for power generation. It put out a call in mid May 2014 for funds to pay for the study. They were offering their supporters access to the results for a bargain $2700. By mid-June they had almost no interest so announced the project would be discontinued. However, they are hopeful that with changes in legislation that will allow forests to be burnt for electricity to be defined ‘renewable’, it might then be more financially lucrative and the plan could be reborn.

Trees, Trash, and Toxics: How Biomass Energy Has Become the New Coal

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Electricity generation from biomass waste is more polluting and worse for the climate than coal, according to a new study by an environmental advocacy firm.

The report, put together by the Partnership for Policy Integrity (PFPI) and delivered to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), concludes that biomass power plants emit more pollution than omparable coal plants or commercial waste incinerators, according to a news release from the group.

Bad news for biomass industry: failed investment marks a sobering conclusion to annual industry event in Florida

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Last week the annual International biomass industry conference was held in Orlando, Florida. Industry executives from around the world attended to learn about the latest technologies, discuss biomass "supply chains" and network together. This year's event featured a special "pellet supply chain summit" where the topic of discussion was the rapidly escalating export of southeastern U.S. forests to Europe, where they are burned in old coal plants or stand-alone biomass electricity facilities.

Native forest-based bioenergy projects a climate risk: report

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Native forests are not renewableThere is significant risk in establishing native forest-based bioenergy projects to substitute for Australia’s ailing woodchip export trade, including adverse climate impacts, according to a new report by environment group Markets For Change.

The report, released to coincide with an industry conference in Melbourne called 'Residues to Revenues', questions the push to use forest wood to produce electricity and liquid fuels.

It says such a move would involve loss of carbon stores that would likely take decades or even centuries to recover.

Burning The Bush Isn't 'Renewable'

Monday, April 8, 2013

Should burning forest waste count under the renewable energy target? Not when the forests serve us better while they're in the ground, writes Senator Lee Rhiannon

Woodchipping of Australia’s native forests continues across the country, despite feeble woodchip prices and shrinking markets. The industry is desperately looking for ways to extend its life by generating an income from burning wood waste for electricity.

Woo-hoo! - Free to make Oxygen

Monday, April 8, 2013

Result Creek

The Climate Change Authority recently recommended changing the rules so burning forests for electricity could be termed ‘renewable” (with all the associated financial help!), but the Gillard Government has just said no! Huge thanks to The Greens again. This has stymied the industry’s plans to have burning forests take place of woodchipping to keep the logging empire running. Should Abbott get in, this could be reversed immediately, but at least this gives 6 months of no-go for plans to log native forests for power furnaces.

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