Resources for Consumers
In addition to biomass-derived transportation fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel, thermal power, and electricity, a wide range of useful biobased products are now available for consumers.
Energy — Biomass currently supplies about 3 percent of total U.S. energy consumption in the form of electricity, process heat, and transportation fuels (e.g. E85, E10, B20, and B100) - all of which help to diversify the nation's energy supply and support rural economies. More and more energy companies are increasing the amount of electricity and fuels produced from renewable energy resources in response to consumer demand and policy incentives.
Biobased Products — Today, petroleum is refined to make chemical feedstocks used in thousands of products. Many of these chemical feedstocks can be produced from biomass to then manufacture clothing, plastics, lubricants, and other products. Substituting biomass feedstocks for petroleum not only decreases U.S. reliance on foreign petroleum imports, but these products are often more environmentally benign than their petroleum-derived counterparts and it supports rural economies.
Another way for consumers to learn about biomass fuels, power, and products is from groups who inform the public about pressing issues and work within the legislative community. A comprehensive list of biomass-related trade groups and non-profit organizations can be accessed on the related links page — some of which are highlighted below:
Renewable Fuels Association: RFA serves as a vital link between the ethanol industry and the federal government, to promote increased production and use of ethanol through supportive policies, regulations, and research and development initiatives.
National Biodiesel Board: Whether you're an owner of a diesel passenger vehicle, farm equipment, or a fleet manager of hundreds of trucks or buses, this web site will provides you with facts and other information about biodiesel, such as the location of fueling stations.
Alternative Fuels Data Center: A one-stop shop for all your alternative fuel and vehicle information needs - a database with over 3,000 documents, an interactive fuel station mapping system, listings of available alternative fuel vehicles, links to related Web sites, and much more.
National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition NEVC is a non-profit organization that promotes the use of E85. NEVC involves a wide range of organizations, including state and local interest groups, state and local elected officials, ethanol producers, vehicle manufacturers, and many others.
Green Power Network provides a wealth of information for both the research community and those interested in purchasing "green" energy and products. Learn more about green pricing, state policies, recent papers, upcoming conferences, and more.