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Biomass Program Focuses on Avoiding Biomass Material Diversion from Existing Markets

The Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), announced in October by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), has been developed to promote biomass conversion into energy, without causing the diversion of biomass materials from the current markets.

Under the program, incentives will be paid to operators of agricultural and forest lands, helping them to produce new biomass material sources. One of the two main components of BCAP is that those who produce suitable biomass material may be qualified to get matching payments for materials sold to a qualified biomass conversion facility, for a period of two years.

The second component of the program is that the forest land operators and owners can receive a maximum of 75% reimbursement of the expenditure spent in switching to suitable perennial crops. The operators may also get annual payments for producing appropriate woody perennial biomass crops, for a maximum of 15 years.

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