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Green Light Requisites for Biopower
By Chris J. Zygarlicke
I hail from Wisconsin, so whenever I hear of a biomass power project being developed there, my interest is piqued. On a recent
family trip back to my old stomping grounds of central Wisconsin, I heard coffee shop talk of a new biopower plant being built
near the city of Rothschild. So I did a little investigating, because I’m always amazed at the circumstances that allow or deny
the development of a successful biomass power project. Through the years, I have devised some simple requisite conditions for success.
In the current U.S. power environment, here are my proposed requisites: 1) competitive biomass feedstock cost, 2) brokerable
biomass feedstock supply, 3) financial incentives, 4) reliable conversion technology, and 5) a committed utility and
supportive community. The Wisconsin biopower plant is a model example of a project that....