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Biopower for Electricity Providers

Photo of a biomass power plant.

This 50-megawatt power plant in Vermont uses wood fuel.

The following resources will provide you with more information on biopower technologies. If you are unfamiliar with biopower, see the introduction to biopower.

Research, Development and Deployment

NREL Biomass Research: What is a Biorefinery?
Presents NREL's concept for integrating biomass conversion processes and equipment to produce fuels, power, and chemicals from biomass.

Federal Biomass Research & Development Initiative
This collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture addresses the development of feedstocks, biofuels, and biobased products, as well as biofuels development analysis.

U.S. Department of Energy Biomass Program State and Regional Programs
Features regional organization contact information.

U.S. Department of Energy Green Power Network
Provides news on green power markets and utility green pricing programs—both domestic and international.

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council's Connecting to the Grid Program
Provides news and resources for utilities developing interconnection rules for renewable energy systems.

Analysis and Planning

NREL Biomass Technology Analysis Models and Tools
Provides strategic information to clients focused on facilitating renewable energy technologies in electricity markets.

Biomass Maps
These maps show the technical biomass resources available in the United States by county. The maps estimate the biomass available from various feedstock categories: crop residues, methane emissions from manure management, methane emissions from landfills and wastewater treatment facilities, forest residues, primary and secondary mill residues, urban wood waste, and dedicated energy crops.

Publications

Biomass Cofiring: A Renewable Alternative for Utilities