Office of Energy Policy
Biomass-Related Policies and Incentives Workshop Held

Press Release Date:  Monday, July 25, 2005  
Contact Information:  Lola Lyle
(800) 282-0868

Frankfort, KY, (July 25, 2005) – On July 11 through 13 in Hebron, Kentucky, the Southern States Energy Board (SSEB), in conjunction with several other biomass and clean energy groups, sponsored a workshop for participants to learn how to develop biomass related policies and incentives.  The goal of the discussion-based workshop was to provide a forum for state government policymakers and other biomass stakeholders to collaborate the development and implementation of biomass-related incentives. 

A broad cross-section of stakeholder representatives participated in this workshop, and participants from across the country were present.  Attendees included various state energy offices, universities and state legislators.  At the meeting, Representative John Raymond Reeves of Mississippi and John Davies, Director of the Kentucky Division of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, were selected as interim co-chairs of the SSEB Southern States Biobased Alliance (SSBA).

The SSEB is an interstate compact comprised of the governors and legislative representatives from each of the Board’s 18 member states.  The SSBA is a committee of the SSEB and works in an advisory capacity to the SSEB by addressing the development of biobased products and bioenergy within the southern region.  The Alliance’s mission is to provide leadership and develop strategies that will foster a biobased industry and boost rural economies in southern states.

One of the highlights of the workshop was a tour of Eastern Kentucky Power’s Bavarian Landfill Plant in Boone County.  This plant is the first in Kentucky to produce electricity from methane gas produced by decaying municipal waste.  The Environmental Protection Agency estimates as many as 500 additional landfills could cost effectively tap methane as an energy source, producing enough electricity to power one million homes across the country.

Governor Fletcher’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy encourages the development of policies that promote the production, consumption and availability of biodiesel and ethanol in Kentucky.  For more information about the Comprehensive Energy Strategy or renewable fuels, visit