Controversial Bill Increasing Use of Biomass Moves out of Committee

April 27, 2018 – -A measure expanding the use of biomass to help meet California’s climate goals and clean energy passed the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy this week. AB 2208 (Aguiar-Curry), which has been tried several times before, stirred a lengthy debate on how efficient and environmentally friendly the burning of biomass is. With more moderate members understanding the value of biomass given the abundance of organic matter especially in the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valley and foothills, the Alliance supported the bill and emphasized the environmental and economic benefits for biomass. Next the bill will be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.