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  • Wednesday, January 20, 2016 9:55 AM | Erika Myers

    From former Chair, Liz Kress:

    South Carolina's gets some of its distinctive beauty from its forests. I have learned firsthand that forests are a "Use it or lose it" resource. You don't have to ride very far to see trees disappearing to development.  Biomass use can provide a little more income for the landowner so that we can preserve more of this beauty.


    Thanks very much to the outgoing Board members, Erika Myers and Dwight Stewart, as well as our other members, who have helped maintain a vision for the SCBC this year. It has been a year of significance in energy policy, and the SCBC was ready to help guide the policy development so that it was right for South Carolina. If each of you saw what I saw this past year, you would realize what a valuable organization this is. 


    I also want to welcome our two new board members, Tom French and Crad Jaynes, who each bring additional strengths to the organization and will continue to move forward the mission of the SCBC. We also welcome back Elise Fox who served an abbreviated term and was willing to come back for another full-term. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as Chair. It was a pleasure and an honor.


    Sincerely, 

    Liz Kress


  • Tuesday, January 12, 2016 12:51 PM | Erika Myers

    SCBC member and SC Forestry Commission staffer, Tim Adams, provided a presentation to a group of SCBC members and other biomass stakeholders on January 6. The presentation provided an overview of wood resources within South Carolina. In addition to provided an overview of the components of a State Biomass Plan, he also discussed existing wood resources and examples of woody biomass uses to date. According to studies by the Forestry Commission, timberland acreage is stable while wood volume is increasing. Further, SC forests contain more wood than ever recorded and will continue to grow in the near future.

  • Friday, December 11, 2015 12:27 PM | Erika Myers

    The SCBC Board of Directors has three board nominees to offer to you for 2016. The nominees are Tom French (former Chair of SCBC and retired from the Savannah River National Laboratory), Crad Jaynes (President and CEO of SC Timber Producers Association), and Elise Fox (Savannah River National Laboratory). Note: Elise was elected to fill an unexpired term last year, and has agreed to be nominated to fill a full 3-year term of her own.

     

    It is also important to ask for board nominees from the membership. If there are additional nominees that you wish to submit for the ballot, please respond to eakress@santeecooper.com by December 21, 2015.

     

    Members will receive an election ballot with a biography of the nominees by Dec 23, and votes will be collected through January 6.

     

    The Board is planning to develop Membership and Communications committees in 2016 to strengthen the SCBC, and as always would appreciate your input on ways to improve our organization.

     


  • Tuesday, November 24, 2015 12:20 PM | Erika Myers

    During the fourth quarterly meeting on November 17, 2015 the SC Biomass Council met at Savannah River National Laboratory in Aiken, SC.  During a presentation titled, “Natural resources management at the Savannah River Site” was given by Dr. Andy Horcher of the U.S Forestry Service.  He discussed how the U.S. Forestry Service manages nearly 300 square miles of woodlands on the SRS.  Following his presentation, Ken Chacey, Plant Manager of the Ameresco Biomass Co-Generation facility, provided an overview of plant construction and management.  The 25 attendees then boarded a bus to the co-gen facility.  The walking tour included the control room, water treatment facility, feedstock storage, and boiler tours.


  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 9:56 AM | Erika Myers

    SCBC representatives will be attending four upcoming public forums on the Clean Power Plan (CPP) between November and December in the Pee Dee, Upstate, Midlands and Lowcountry. These public engagement sessions will provide information on the final CPP rule and future opportunities. 


    We encourage all of our members and bioenergy stakeholders to attend and represent your interests in biomass during these forums. For more details about the locations, dates, and times of these sessions please go to the SC Clean Power Plan home page.

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2015 9:17 AM | Erika Myers

    Today is a day of learning and education for both supporters and newcomers to biomass energy. The SCBC would like to thank and recognize all of the industry representatives, utilities, educational organizations, and government entities who have tirelessly worked to promote bioenergy in South Carolina. We would also like to give a big THANK YOU to our members, corporate sponsors, and stakeholders who have helped the SCBC since our inception in 2007. It has been a great eight years and we look forward to another eight years. 


    For anyone interested in learning more about bioenergy, a series of free bioenergy webinars hosted by the WA State University Extension is available this week. Topics include: 

    Sustainable biofuel production in the Southeastern US

    Developing the US bioeconomy in a global context

    Life cycle assessment of biojet fuel

    And much more!


    It is also not too late to sign up for our biomass tour at the Savannah River Site! Check out our events page for more information. 

  • Thursday, October 01, 2015 12:38 PM | Erika Myers
    This month officially kicks off the third annual National Bioenergy Day on October 21st. Participating organizations will open their doors to communities to demonstrate the benefits of bioenergy. 


    Although there are no organized events this year in South Carolina, plenty of tours are available in North Carolina and other states around the Southeast. Alternatively, you can wait until our big bioenergy tour event at the Savannah River Site in November. If you have not signed up, but want to attend, please do so ASAP. 


    If you are interested in National Bioenergy Day activities, and would like to learn more, go to http://bioenergyday.com/. 

  • Wednesday, September 09, 2015 9:05 PM | Erika Myers
    Today, Myra Reese and Henry Porter from the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) provided presentations to an audience of approximately 40 SC Biomass Council members and guests about the implications of the proposed EPA Clean Power Plan and biomass resources in the state. Key takeaways from the presentations included:

    • Uncertainties about what types of biomass could be included as part of the state implementation plan (SIP); additional biomass definitions and eligible resources must be provided by the EPA; 
    • DHEC has limited understanding of biomass resource availability in SC and could use assistance from the biomass community to help inform SIP proposals; and
    • Clean Energy Incentives will be in place in 2020 and 2021 to encourage early investments in renewable energy, including potentially biomass energy. 
    For more information, please download a copy of the presentation slide deck from Myra Reese and Henry Porter. For additional questions, contact information for both DHEC staff are included in the links.

  • Tuesday, September 08, 2015 1:59 PM | Erika Myers

    The SC Biomass Council just released a new fact sheet and report on Combined Heat and Power opportunities for South Carolina. The report, developed for the SCBC by the DOE Southeast CHP Technical Assistance Partnership, documents nearly 4,000 MW of possible additional CHP resources in SC, much of which could be accomplished through renewable resources, such as biomass energy. Check out the resources section to download a copy of the report and fact sheet today!

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015 11:36 AM | Erika Myers

    A number of scientists and bioenergy industry advocates have recently voiced concerns around controversial carbon accounting methodologies for the forest biomass sector. Politics seem to be undermining existing EPA policies, numerous technical studies, states, and other stakeholders on the definition of biogenic carbon dioxide. Forest2Markets recently published a blog titled "The Carbon Neutrality of Forest Biomass" that is worth a read.

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