As Virginia tries to figure out biomass’ carbon footprint, limited data poses problems

Logs at the International Paper facility in Franklin, Virginia. (Sarah Vogelsong/Virginia Mercury)

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As a Department of Forestry workgroup tries to determine the carbon footprint of biomass, the woody materials burned to generate electricity, it is running into problems obtaining information from Dominion Energy on how the utility procures the different types of material it uses.

In 2023, environmental groups agreed to drop their opposition to a law that pushed back a deadline for most of the state’s biomass plants to close in exchange for a state “life-cycle carbon analysis” of biomass.


Source: Virginia Mercury


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