COMMUNITY VOICES: Recognizing the benefits of bioenergy
The First Law of Thermodynamics states, “Energy cannot be created or destroyed, energy can only be changed from one form to another,” and bioenergy does just that. The energy obtained from the sun is stored within plants. Plants like trees and woody biomass are used as renewable energy sources that are converted into electricity and carbon neutral gas.
Around the second to last week in October, National Bioenergy Day takes place. This year it’s the eight annual Bioenergy Day on Oct. 21, and on this day, the innumerable benefits bioenergy produces are recognized. At various locations across the country, groups get together to learn more about bioenergy and how their community can be less reliant on fossil fuels while using resources grown locally that have already served their first purpose.
Unlike solar and wind energy, bioenergy can be produced day or night and in any weather. The electricity and heat generated from wood and organic materials is a sustainable solution for the residue and waste produced by agricultural and forest-based industries. Naturally, bioenergy is a domestic energy source that works to keep American forests healthy, provides a place for biomass to be reused and prevents the open burning of agriculture residuals.
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