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Biomass

Biomass PicBiomass is the oldest source of energy in the world; it has always been used as a fuel for fire. Even now, biomass accounts for about 10% of the world’s energy, mostly as a source of heat in developing countries.1
Source:
International Energy Agency, May 2012
http://bit.ly/1AXuEbX
But biomass has utility-scale electricity generation potential as well. The U.S. is well accustomed to generating electricity from biomass: it is the largest source of renewable electricity in six states.2
Source:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, December 2014
http://1.usa.gov/1MmcVlh


According to the International Energy Agency, biomass can meet 7.5% of the world’s electricity needs by 2050 while cutting greenhouse gas emissions.3
Source:
International Energy Agency, May 2012
http://bit.ly/196fwUg
Even though the burning of biomass emits greenhouse gasses, the carbon released was only recently captured – as opposed to the burning of fossil fuels, which emit carbon from millions of years ago.4
Source:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, July 2014
http://1.usa.gov/1AbuYEQ
So long as biomass is sustainably sourced, it can significantly contribute to the fight against climate change.

  May 20, 2015  |    International Renewable Energy Agency

  Sep 04, 2014  |    The Hill

  Apr 09, 2013  |    The Hill

  Jun 14, 2012  |    Biomass Power Association


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