30 Jun '17, 10am

Why Biomass Remains a Challenge, Even in Timber-rich Georgia

A new biomass plant under construction in Georgia highlights the challenging economics of the technology, even in a state so rich in forestry waste it exports it to other countries. The 50-MW Albany Green plant — the largest renewable energy project in the state so far — is a unique collaboration among Georgia Power, private companies (including Procter & Gamble) and a nearby Marine base. While the cost for biomass generated electricity is too high to compete with wind and solar, the project also produces steam for industrial use, which improves its economics. Because Albany Green is situated in the midst of rich timber tracts, biomass harvesting will be restricted to a 100-mile radius, and will include forestry residues locally sourced that would otherwise have been left to decay, burn or dispose of in a landfill. This includes trees not suitable for saw or pulp mills, di...

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