Backers of a proposed $300 million, 30-megawatt biomass energy plant that could provide 70 jobs and produce electricity for the city of Red Lake Falls, Minn., will present the proposal to the public Wednesday.
Farmers who grow corn and soybeans can take advantage of government price support programs and crop insurance, but similar programs are not available for those who grow biomass crops such as Miscanthus.
Supporters hope to prove that hundreds of thousands of acres of brushland across northern and central Minnesota might become a renewable source of carbon-neutral energy while creating better wildlife habitat for species such sharp-tailed grouse.
MINNEAPOLIS — Stop me if you’ve heard this one.
Congress passes a bill to address an urgent public need. A greedy industry finds a loophole and steps in to siphon off a half-billion dollars without accomplishing anything new. Free money, no public purpose served, taxpayers ripped off.
As Inbicon A/S and Great River Energy continue looking at the potential of a $200 million biomass ethanol refinery near Spiritwood, the next step locally is exploring biomass production capability in the region.
The opening general session at the International Biomass ‘08 Conference and Trade Show, to be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, April 15-17, will feature a biofuels sustainability panel titled Biofuels, Sustainability, and Carbon: Getting It Right, setting the theme of sustainability for the conference.
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