The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, if implemented, would require states to find ways to significantly lower their carbon emissions. One way they could accomplish this is by burning less coal and more woody biomass, a carbon neutral source of energy.
The forest industry already creates plenty of residual woody biomass and certain coal burning facilities are set up to accommodate equipment upgrades in order to burn such biomass. But some states create more biomass than others, and some have more biomass-ready facilities than others. So what’s the best way for states to collaborate to hit the sweet spot of low cost and lowered carbon emissions?