Producing electricity from the burning of wood, or biomass, has long been viewed as an environmentally friendly way of generating power. But now comes word from England that this once favored source of green energy is losing its luster with environmentalists and businesses alike. According to the U.K. Guardian, efforts by Yorkshire’s Drax power company to construct three new biomass plants are being opposed by timber interests who claim its use of wood for producing electricity is driving up lumber costs. And it is also being opposed by wildlife groups who claim much of the timber being burned comes from endangered rainforests. Time will tell if this U.K. biomass facility that burns trees, ultimately gets the ax.
May 28, 2013 by Craig Rucker,
Craig Rucker is the executive director and co-founder of CFACT.