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Where Clean Energy Dollars Went in 2013

By Eric Roston - 2014-04-07T18:19:47Z

Photograph by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

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4. Biomass and Waste

A new report, “Trees, Trash, and Toxics: How Biomass Energy Has Become the New Coal,” examines 88 Clean Air Act permits issued to industrial sources that burn biomass. It found that sources burning biomass in the U.S. emit 50 percent more carbon dioxide per megawatt of electricity generated than coal-burning sources.

Global investment in biomass and waste energy last year totaled $9.4 billion.

Left: An employee checks wood chips at Kawasaki Biomass Power Corp.'s plant in Kawasaki City, Japan, in August 2011. Japan's largest wood-biomass-fired power plant has a capacity of 33 megawatts.

Watch for updates from the BNEF Future of Energy Summit.