As featured on WFCR:

AMHERST, MA (wfcr)Who isn’t in search of clean, cheap energy? Policy makers, residents and investors around the region are, and they are taking a close look at biomass energy, that is, burning low-grade wood or other plant materials for high-tech electricity generation.

There are three large-scale biomass plants proposed for western Massachusetts, in Springfield, Greenfield, and Russell. Together they could provide electricity for as many as 135,000 homes, help the state meet goals for renewable energy, and create jobs. But they could also change the character of the region’s woodlands, send numerous trucks through residential neighborhoods and emit toxins into the air. And there is little consensus on just how “renewable” the resource is. These are some of the questions about biomass we’ll explore in this half hour of Focus Western New England.

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