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BBI International

April 19, 2011 11:54 ET

Biomass Fuels Provide Roughly 4% of the Energy Used in the U.S. and Likely to Grow

BBI International Will Showcase Industry Developments at the 4th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo

ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwire - Apr 19, 2011) - In a plan released by the White House last month the Obama administration plans to secure the future of U.S. energy and cut oil dependence by one-third. During his speech at Georgetown University, President Obama clearly stated he plans to reduce U.S. dependency on oil by replacing it with cleaner alternative fuels and greater efficiency. His plan to increase alternative fuel usage will focus on renewable biofuels, not just ethanol, but biofuels made from biomass.

What is biomass? Biomass is a renewable energy source. Some examples of biomass fuels are wood, crops, manure, and some garbage. When burned, the chemical energy in biomass is released as heat. Wood waste, grass or garbage can be burned to produce steam for making electricity, or to provide heat to industries and homes.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, biomass fuels provide roughly 4% of the energy used in the United States. Researchers are trying to develop ways to burn more biomass and less fossil fuels because, in addition to reducing U.S. dependency on foreign oil, many believe biomass for energy will reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

President Obama stated in his speech, "There's no reason we shouldn't be using these renewable fuels throughout America. That's why we're investing in things like fueling stations and research into the next generation of biofuels. Over the next two years, we'll help entrepreneurs break ground on four next-generation biorefineries -- each with a capacity of more than 20 million gallons per year. And going forward, we should look for ways to reform biofuel incentives to make sure they meet today's challenges and save taxpayers money."

Find out how these and other industry developments are showcased at the 4th Annual International Biomass Conference & Expo.

Visit www.biomassconference.comto view the agenda online.

About BBI International
BBI International produces globally recognized bioenergy events and trade magazines. BBI owns and operates the International Biomass Conference & Expo and its allied regional events, as well as the largest, longest-running ethanol conference in the world -- the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW). The company publishes Biomass Power & Thermal magazine, Biorefining Magazine, Ethanol Producer Magazine, and Biodiesel Magazine, as well as a number of ancillary products including maps, directories, e-newsletters and other web-based industry resources.

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