Buoyed by an April proclamation from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that forest biomass emissions are carbon neutral when used for energy production, a Georgia utility regulator wants to see more of the renewable fuel in Georgia Power Co.'s energy future. But "A group of Georgia Tech professors looked at how much it cost to operate four biomass plants in Virginia and discovered something else. These are not economic," said Marilyn Brown, a former Tennessee Valley Authority board member and current professor at Georgia Tech's School of Public Policy. "They don't compete well against estimated costs of solar, wind or gas or energy efficiency."
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Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News reporter