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The new US federal program BCAP is intended to increase the supply of woody biomass. Will it?

In an effort to increase the usage of renewable energy, the US government has implemented a new program, called BCAP, which will subsidize the collection of biomass in 2010 and 2011. Over 500 million dollars has been allocated for the first three months of 2010, reports the North American Wood Fiber Review. There is much uncertainty about how much additional biomass that will actually enter the market as a result of the program.

The full article can be found in the attached PDF file…..
FPMUnew_US_BCAP_biomass_Jan_2010.pdf
Hakan Ekstrom, Wood Resource Quarterly

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2 Comments

  1. Pete Godfrey

    January 8, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Too right Factfinder, and we need to factor in that Gunns are still planning to export native forest woodchips while running the pulp mill.
    This activity seriously downgrades the environmental credibility of the pulp mill proposal.
    They can’t expect us to applaud a 100% or nearly pulp mill then accept sending our native forests off to Japan or China as woodchips.

  2. Factfinder

    January 7, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Today, the price for crude oil is now US $84.- again, the trend up and up.
    The use of wood for energy is sustainable, provided it is being produced and sourced in a way that is sustainable.
    A whole life cycle assessment process would easily expose the good practice from the bad.
    Social, environmental and commercial considerations influence and interact just like they impact on supply and demand.

    GUNNS LIMITED announced the other day, that they would use 100% Plantation sourced feedstock for the proposed mill in the Tamar Valley.
    100% would be expected to mean 100% or is it?
    What about the required 500,000 to /pa of fuelwood to be mixed and burned with the ‘Black Liquor’ / Lignin to be burned in the power plant?
    Is there enough plantation waste after the first and second and third crop rotation??
    How much will it cost to produce the half a million tons for harvest, preparation, transport? What are the changed commercial realities to produce this fuel from further and further away from Long Reach on the East Tamar??
    It will be interesting to get the model in black on white!

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