Biopower in CA: do claims about forest thinning and emissions hold up?
In California, there is great pressure to thin forests to reduce fire intensity. Burning those thinnings in biomass plants is sometimes promoted as a “carbon friendly” approach, but emerging science shows these claims rarely hold up. PFPI’s presentation to the Sierra Nevada Alliance conference in South Tahoe, CA, discusses the new Massachusetts rules that effectively remove subsidies from electric-only biopower, and why this is relevant to California, which also has greenhouse gas reduction goals but which still treats biopower as carbon neutral.
Download the presentation to the Sierra Nevada Alliance here.