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Biomass energy potential in New Jersey

New Jersey is fast becoming one of nation's renewable energy leaders. This is especially the case with the Garden State's solar energy sector that is today the largest commercial solar energy market in the country.

But New Jersey doesn't plant to stop there and plans to expand its aggressive renewable energy policy to other clean energy sectors, one of which is also biomass.

According to New Jersey's Master Energy Plan biomass could soon play very important role in Garden State. New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has recently released report that shows tremendous potential for the development of strong biomass energy sector in the state.

The report says that New Jersey produces approximately 8.2 million dry tons of biomass annually, 65 percent of which could be available for energy production. This amount of biomass could account for approximately 1,300 MW of power, which represents around 9 percent of current state's electricity demand.

Agricultural and forest residues, together with municipal and industrial waste could certainly account for rapid expansion of bioenergy development in the state.

Biomass development in New Jersey is said to also have advantage in costs over offshore wind and solar energy and is definitely a clean energy option worthy of further consideration.

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