Plant closures slow disposal of farms’ wood waste

Issue Date: June 3, 2020
By Christine Souza

With California forests plagued by wildfires, millions of dead trees and increased fuel load, biomass power plants have formed an important part of the solution, by processing cleared wood waste and converting it into electricity. But some biomass plants needed to convert agricultural wood waste from orchards and vineyards have closed as their utility contracts have expired, leaving farmers with fewer options for disposing of the waste.

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