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VBS Implementation 2012-2014

Beginning in the fall of 2012, VBS will embark on the four following project areas:

  1. Bioenergy Regulatory Review – VBS will begin by updating a 2008 Public Policy Virginia energy regulation review, examining the current regulatory landscape that is germane to biomass and renewable energy.  The objective of the review will be to collate and clarify the federal, state and local regulations, policies, and incentive programs that explicitly or implicitly promote or hinder market development for perennial biomass and associated ecosystem services.
  2. Bioenergy Market Analysis – The Bioenergy Market Analysis project will address the fundamental environmental, social, and economic questions that need to be answered for the development of robust bioenergy markets from sustainably produced biomass, whether from wood, native warm season grasses, or agriculture.  Feedstock production, harvest, handling and processing logistics, conversion technologies, and evolving regulations will be examined using a systems approach.
  3. Bioenergy for the Chesapeake BayThe goal of the Bioenergy for the Chesapeake Bay project is to develop market drivers for the establishment of perennial biomass systems to achieve water quality objectives. The project will examine how the synergies between biomass production and utilization and the ecosystem services generated can be capitalized and marketed.
  4. Virginia Biomass Energy Network (VBEN)Virginia Biomass Energy Network is a clearinghouse for biomass energy information, a network hub for biomass energy interests, and an advocacy outreach campaign. This program will continue the activities of PPV’s Virginia Biomass Energy Group (VBEG), which broke new ground in Virginia by building a coalition from the disparate sectors presently involved in bioenergy. Virginia Biomass Energy Network is a clearinghouse for biomass energy information, a network hub for biomass energy interests, and an advocacy outreach campaign.  This program will continue the activities of PPV’s Virginia Biomass Energy Group (VBEG), which broke new ground in Virginia by building a coalition from the disparate sectors presently involved in bioenergy.

In addition, VBS will provide to the public decision support systems (tools) to help the parties in the private and public sector assess potential for the use of bioenergy and biomass.

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