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Biomass: General Information

Web sites with useful generic information about biomass energy development.

Follow the links below to learn more about biomass energy and ongoing planning efforts related to biomass energy development.

DOE Tribal Energy Development Guide

DOE's Tribal Energy Development Guide provides a variety of information that tribes can use to achieve tribal energy goals, including a process of strategic energy planning for tribes interested in improving their energy security, sovereignty, and local economy; and information on fossil and renewable energy sources, transmission and grid connection, and energy efficiency. The program's tribal Biomass Energy Resources page provides information on sources of biomass for use in power plants and biofuel facilities.

The DOE also maintains a Biomass Publications Web page listing useful resources for finding documents related to biomass.

Tribal Energy Development Template

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma has developed a Tribal Energy Development Primer providing information about energy development on tribal lands, including overviews of both renewable and traditional energy resources; information on infrastructure planning, guidance on assessing environmental and cultural resource issues; guidance on assessing market potential, suitable business structures, and financing options; and a discussion of developing tribal capacity and Tribal Energy Resource Agreements. Development of this document was supported by the DOI's Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) conducts research and development of renewable fuels and electricity; its Web site provides information about biomass energy resources and technologies.

Renewable Energy Atlas of the West

The Renewable Energy Atlas of the West includes interactive maps of solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass resources in the western U.S.

National Biofuels Action Plan

DOE has released a study evaluating increasing biofuels contribution to the U.S fuel supply. The National Biofuels Action Plan encourages the reduction of petroleum-based gasoline usage by 20% in the next 10 years.

Western Regional Air Partnership Recommendations

The Western Regional Air Partnership released a study on Generating Electricity from Renewable Resources in Indian Country, providing recommendations to tribal leaders on (1) developing renewable energy technologies to meet air quality and visibility goals established by the EPA and (2) using these technologies to achieve economic development and energy-related goals.

Green Power Marketing

Information about green power marketing is provided by NREL's Green Power Network and the EPA's Green Power Partnership.