Landmark Study on Bioenergy Released

Guest Blog | February 17, 2009 | Press Releases

Knoxville, Tenn. (February 17) – A new renewable energy report supports biomass as the most abundant renewable energy resource in the Southern U.S. Titled, “Southern Bioenergy Roadmap,” the report identifies the South’s natural resources and intellectual capital to produce electricity and transportation fuel from plants, trees, and waste, also known as biomass.

“This helpful report shows how this renewable Southern resource can be tapped for biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts,” stated John Bonitz, farm outreach and policy advocate with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. “Further, the report’s release emphasizes that the South’s existing strength in supporting a federal Renewable Energy Standard is through our plentiful supply of bioenergy resources.”

Produced by the Southern Agriculture Forestry Energy Resources Alliance (SAFER Alliance), the Roadmap examines development opportunities for commercial biopower and biofuels, looking at the resource base of the South, commercial operations, public policy and research centers. The SAFER Roadmap is one of the key building blocks behind a recent report released by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, “Yes We Can: Southern Solution for a National Renewable Energy Standard.” Bioenergy could supply more than half of the near-term resources in the Southeast to meet a national Renewable Energy Standard.

With the goal of fostering growth of the emerging bioenergy industry, the Roadmap offers recommendations for policy-makers, businesses, investors, and proponents of this renewable energy resource. The “Southern Bioenergy Roadmap” can be found at .

Please visit to download “Yes We Can: Southern Solutions for a National Renewable Energy Standard.” # # #