Environmental Expert On Wood Burning Biomass Power Plants

The numbers need to be right before more wood-burning biomass power plants are built anywhere, environmental expert William Moomaw told a packed house last week at Williams College, MA.  “As this region copes with the proposal for a 29.5 megawatt biomass plant and adjacent wood-pellet manufacturing plant in neighboring Pownal, Vt., more questions are being raised about the efficiency of burning trees to produce energy and whether that energy can be considered “green,” said Moomaw, who serves on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and is director of the Center for International Environmental and Resource Policy at Tufts University.

He and Mary Booth, co-founder of the Massachusetts Environmental Energy Alliance, said biomass has been touted as green energy, but it actually releases more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than burning coal.

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