For Immediate Release - December 11, 2009

Public Meeting Scheduled On State Biomass Sustainability Study

Media Advisory

WHAT: Energy and sustainable forestry experts selected by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to conduct a comprehensive six-month study on issues relating to biomass sustainability and carbon policy will hold a public stakeholder meeting to outline the project and solicit input from the public. Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles directed DOER to undertake the study, which will result in a "white paper" that brings the best science to bear as DOER considers new regulations establishing sustainability criteria biomass facilities must meet to qualify for Renewable Energy Credits under the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard. Through a competitive process, DOER chose the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences of Plymouth to conduct the study. Manomet's team includes experts from the Pinchot Institute for Conservation, the Forest Guild, the Biomass Energy Resource Center, and other independent forest ecologists and resource economists.

WHO: John Hagan, President, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
John Gunn, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences Bob Perschel, The Forest Guild
Peter Cardellichio, forest resource economist Tom Walker, forest resource economist Anne Perschel, Germane Consulting Chris Recchia, Biomass Energy Resource Center

WHEN: Thursday, December 17, 2009, 6:30-8:30 pm

WHERE: Holiday Inn, 245 Whiting Road, Holyoke

DIRECTIONS: Take the Mass Turnpike to Exit 4 (I-91 North). From I-91 North, take Exit 15 (Holyoke/Ingleside). Bear right at the end of the ramp - the hotel will be on the left.