Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Air Pollution Control Board
Regulation for Emissions Trading [9 VAC 5 ‑ 140]
Action Reduce and Cap Carbon Dioxide from Fossil Fuel Fired Electric Power Generating Facilities (Rev. C17)
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 4/9/2018
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4/7/18  9:30 am
Commenter: Scott Kese, Timber Farmer

Bio-Wastes Have Significant GHG Reduction Benefits!

The Commonwealth of Virginia should not join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from utilities.

Biogenic carbon dioxide emissions from forest-derived bioenergy do not contribute to the build-up of GHG in the atmosphere.  Also, the carbon profile of biomass is not altered when co-fired with other fuels.  There is a strong consensus that using residuals and bio-wastes for energy actually has significant GHG reduction benefits.  Biogenic carbon emissions should be recognized as carbon neutral irrespective of whether other fuels also are co-fired.

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