Biomass power provides two valuable services: it is the second most important source of renewable energy in the United States, and it is an important part of our waste management infrastructure. Biomass is a substantial
renewable resource that can be used as a fuel for producing electric power, steam, and heat. Biomass fuel used in today’s power plants includes wood, agricultural, and food processing residues. In the future, farms cultivating
high-yielding energy crops (such as trees and grasses) will significantly expand our supply of biomass. These energy crops, coupled with high-efficiency conversion technologies, can supplement our consumption of fossil fuels and
help us respond to global climate change concerns.