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 December 07, 2009
Defining Biomass - A Comparison Of Definitions In Legislation

 The term "biomass" has been a part of legislation enacted by Congress for more than 30 years and has evolved over time, resulting in a variety of differing and sometimes conflicting definitions. These definitions are critical to the research, development, finance and application of biomass to produce energy.

This analysis provides insight into this issue and explains that currently Congress does not seek to consolidate the various existing definitions in any pending legislation. The authors recommend that a single, universally applicable definition would streamline federal regulations and remove any confusion regarding what materials may be used, where, and by whom. It would enable the financing of projects requiring biomass as feedstock.

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