biomass

12:57am

Wed October 16, 2013
Environment

Fuel In The Fire: Burn Wood For Power Or Leave It To Nature

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 10:59 am

At more than 400 square miles, the Rim Fire is the largest Sierra Nevada fire in recorded history.
Mike McMillan US Forest Service

The record-breaking wildfire in Yosemite National Park is almost fully contained, two months after it started. The blaze calls attention to a problem across the western U.S.: After a century of having its fires routinely extinguished, the forests are overloaded with fuel.

A heated debate has flared up about what to do with that forest fuel. California is hoping to reduce its fire risk through renewable energy, but some worry about the environmental costs of thinning the forests.

'It Was Torched'

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5:41am

Fri August 16, 2013
Business

Gypsum Biomass Plant First of its Kind in the State

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 5:42 pm

Marci Krivonen

Colorado’s first woody biomass power plant is nearly complete. Senator Mark Udall and State Senator Gail Schwartz toured the facility in Gypsum on Friday, where wood cuttings from beetle kill trees will be turned into electricity. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen explains.

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4:21pm

Tue May 21, 2013