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State energy agency extends biomass public comment period

June 17, 2019

GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has extended the deadline for public comment on changes to regulations for using fuel from felled trees as a source of renewable energy.

The Greenfield Recorder reports that the deadline for comment on the wood-burning biomass regulations has been extended a second time to July 26 in response to public pressure.

Biomass is an energy source that uses wood chips and pellets made from tree trunks, branches and other plant matter.

More than 30 groups and scientists are urging Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to stop awarding monetary incentives for new biomass projects in heavily forested western Massachusetts.

Opponents say wood-burning biomass isn’t a clean source of renewable energy and shouldn’t be subsidized.

Supporters say it’s affordable, sustainable, locally sourced and will reduce fossil fuel dependence.

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Information from: The (Greenfield, Mass.) Recorder, http://www.recorder.com

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