In a high-tech energy world the basics seem to come back on a regular basis. Check this one.

“In 2020, Georgia generated 5.8 million megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity from biomass, or about 10 percent of the nation’s total, the second most of any state according to EIA’s Electric Power Monthly. Almost 5 percent of Georgia’s in-state electricity generation in 2020 came from biomass, mostly wood and wood-derived fuels, a share that ranked sixth in the nation. Biomass accounted for nearly half of Georgia’s total renewable electricity generation in 2020.”

Not saying it is a negative, but it shows that our energy system relies on old standards even while developing new technologies. All technologies have adherents and not-so-much-fans.

The US Energy Information Agency says, “Nearly 70 percent of Georgia’s biomass electricity generation came from the industrial sector. Many industrial sector generators use lumber and paper mill waste to produce steam and electricity to reduce the amount of other fuels and electricity needed to operate their facilities.”

Biomass is not a carbonless energy source. This shows that there are differences between renewable energy sources and their environmental impact – wind and solar do not produce any carbon, biomass does.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution ran a story about biomass as a power source and citizens who do not like that power source. “The battle over biomass in Georgia and across the Southeast region marks another environmental clash between residents in rural areas who say their quality of life is at stake and an industry that says it’s boosting the local economy and supporting one of the biggest industries in the state,” says the story.

The biomass debate is illustrative of common energy debates. People want electricity. Some people do not want to have a power source near them. It’s a balance and debate that has existed for decades.