Renewable energy; efficient biomass. (HB973)

Introduced By

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Renewable energy; efficient biomass. Excludes inefficient biomass from the definition of renewable energy. The measure provides that renewable energy includes any biomass energy capacity, efficient or otherwise, in operation prior to January 1, 2016, and that on and after that date renewable energy may include the proportion of the thermal or electric energy from a facility that results from the co-firing of efficient biomass on or after January 1, 2016. "Efficient biomass" is defined as thermal or electric energy or combined heat and power from biomass generating units with an overall efficiency of 50 percent or greater on an annual basis. The measure directs how a unit's overall efficiency shall be determined on the basis of outputs of electrical generation and useful thermal energy output, which is defined in the bill as (i) including direct heat and other valid thermal end-use energy requirements for which fuel or electricity would otherwise be consumed and (ii) excluding thermal energy used for the purpose of drying or refining biomass fuel. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102504D
01/12/2016Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/19/2016Impact statement from SCC (HB973)
01/21/2016Assigned to sub: Special Subcommittee on Energy
01/21/2016Assigned C & L sub: Special Subcommittee on Energy
02/09/2016Subcommittee recommends striking from docket
02/11/2016Stricken from docket by Commerce and Labor