30 Jun '11, 6pm

Biomass is the new coal:

Biomass is the new coal:

Cross-posted from Climate Progress . Dominion, one of the largest utilities in the U.S., says it wants to convert three of its Virginia coal plants to run on waste biomass from timber operations. If approved by the state's regulatory commission, it could bring about 150 megawatts of renewable capacity to the state and turn two "peaking" coal plants that operate only 25 percent of the time into round-the-clock generators that operate 90 percent of the time. Like other coal-to-biomass projects we've reported on in the past, this one will create about 250 direct and indirect local jobs and only cost the typical ratepayer about 14 cents per month. So it will be good for the local economy and will increase renewable generation -- but is it a core climate solution? If biomass can help power plant owners ease away from coal faster, that is certainly a good thing. The Dominion ann...

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