Released February 1, 2013
By Erin Voegele
Pending legislation in Oklahoma could result in the development of a state plan to utilize woody biomass for heat and power. The bill, HB 1656, titled the “Oklahoma Woody Biomass Energy Initiative Act of 2013,” was introduced by state Rep. Richard Morrissette in January.
The bill take several actions to support the growth of biomass energy within Oklahoma, including the establishment of an advisory council, referred to as the Woody Biomass Energy Initiative Council. According to the text of the legislation, the council would be comprised members representing a variety of stakeholder groups, including one member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, one member of the Oklahoma State Senate, three members appointed by the executive director Oklahoma Conservation Commission, three members appointed by the head of the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Oklahoma State University, two members involved in the manufacture of biofuel furnaces, a member of the Department of Environmental Quality, an employee of the Forestry Services Division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, a member of the Department of Corrections, a member of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, a member of the Corporation Commission, a member of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, a member representing the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the USDA, a representative of the U.S. EPA, and a representative of the U.S. DOE.
~continued at BiomassMagazine.com, http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/8597/biomass-energy-legislation-introduced-in-okla