This Virginia Mercury article discusses incinerators that burn biomass for energy. What’s not to like about biomass? Deforestation, pollution and overpriced power.
What if you could get your electricity from a fuel that destroys forests, produces more air pollution than coal, and is priced higher than alternatives?
“Wow, sign me up!” you would not say, because as a sane person you don’t like deforestation, pollution and overpriced power.
Also, because you are not Dominion Energy Virginia. Dominion burned wood at one power plant from 1994 until last year; converted three small coal plants to wood-burning in 2013; and burns wood along with coal at its Virginia City coal plant. This “biomass” energy makes up about one percent of the electricity Dominion sells to Virginia ratepayers, according to its most recent IRP.