The Bioenergy Council provides an opportunity for those within the industry and along the supply chain to stay on top of the latest research, technology, and policies that involve bioenergy and bioproducts. The council will provide an opportunity for bioenergy stakeholders to connect with private landowners of working lands, researchers, and state and federal agencies. Potential impacts include increasing the contribution of biomass renewable energy satisfying the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS), creating new biomass markets from a variety of biomass resources, encouraging economic development in rural areas, and strengthening other policies and programs that support the biomass industry.
The Bioenergy Council consists of experts from wide ranging backgrounds in feedstock production and harvesting, conversion technology, supply chain logistics, resource supply analysis, policy development, project engineering, education and outreach, environmental technologies, community relations, and economic development.
The Bioenergy Council provides an opportunity for the discussion of bioenergy related topics including research, policies, and other issues to further the bioenergy industry in North Carolina. Our quarterly meetings will bring together state and regional stakeholders.
- Conducting outreach and education
- Identifying emerging bioenergy and bioproducts markets
- Providing technical assistance to bioenergy industries
- Updating the Biomass Roadmap
With guidance from Biomass Council members, the North Carolina Biomass Roadmap will be updated to reflect progress in the biomass industry over almost 10 ten years and identify new business opportunities. With an estimated publication date of December 2016, the Biomass Roadmap will identify realistic targets for bioenergy development and high-priority policies that help bolster the North Carolina biomass industry.