Northeast Regional Biomass Program
The Northeast Regional Biomass
Program (NRBP), a public-private cooperative initiative, brought
together the eleven northeastern states, the federal government,
regional and national organizations, and key industrial concerns in the
Northeast. Through a combination of research and demonstration
projects, outreach and education, and assessment and
partnership-building, the NRBP sought to enhance the development and use
of biomass resources and technologies in the Northeast.
The Northeast Regional Biomass Program was part of a broader federally
supported program underway in five regions of the country. The NRBP focused,
however, on the specific types of biomass resources, environmental and
economic market characteristics, and state policies and institutional
frameworks that affect biomass opportunities in the northeastern United
States. Numerous factors present unique opportunities and challenges to the
use of biomass resources and technologies in the Northeast. These factors
include the region’s dependence on imported petroleum; its movement to a
restructured electricity industry; the need to meet air quality attainment
standards; interest in furthering environmental and energy-friendly
technologies; and concerns for effective management of waste residue.
The CONEG Policy Research Center, Inc. administered the regional program
under a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
For more information about the Northeast Regional Biomass Program
reports, visit its web site at www.nrbp.org.