Biomass is derived from organic plant and animal material, such as wood, crops, landfill gas, solid waste, and alcohol fuels. These materials are either burned or converted to gas in order to provide electricity or heat, or they serve as feedstock for advanced biofuels (transportation fuels). Learn more through the U.S. Dept. of Energy's " Biomass Explained."

Biomass may offer an opportunity to reduce Massachusetts' reliance on imported energy, such as no. 2 fuel oil, which consumers are highly dependent on for heat during the winter. However, biomass energy must be managed carefully, since its fuel sources have a limited supply that can be sustainably achieved year after year. DOER continues to explore biomass energy's potential to help reduce Massachusetts' reliance on imported energy through sustainable, productive means.

This information is provided by the Department of Energy Resources.