More challenges for New England Biomass as Connecticut changes RPS

Connecticut recently released its long-awaited Comprehensive Energy Strategy, which contains bad news (though expected) for biomass in New England.

There’s only one biomass plant in Connecticut: the 37.5 MW Plainfield Renewable Energy facility that opened in 2013. However, due to the interconnected nature of New England’s electricity grid, biomass plants across the region that participate in Connecticut’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) will be impacted by the Strategy. This includes biomass electric plants in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts.

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  1. Eric says, ” In theory, such a change gives states with biomass plants that have relied upon these markets—notably New Hampshire and Maine—time to develop policies that support continued biomass generation, if they so choose. Both of these states have taken steps to support existing biomass markets in the past few years, but this support is temporary. Something longer-term is necessary if biomass electricity is to be a large part of the region’s forest economy in coming years.”

    But what is that “something”? There is no something other than recognizing that a thriving biomass industry, both for power and heat is a great thing. But it can’t happen because the Manomet Report was a scam- designed by Governor Patrick to get reelected because the enviros hate any tree cutting. It focused 100% on a a single variable, carbon emissions, in the short term and ignores all the economic and ecological benefits of great forestry- while forgetting about all the externalities of solar farms:

    Unfortunately, there is little fight in the forestry world over this- most forestry leaders have given up this fight, especially those with great salaries not gotten from working in forests to earn their daily bread.

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