WASHINGTON, DC, April 20, 2016 – The National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) today applauded the U.S. Senate for passage of The Energy Policy Modernization Act (S. 2012) that includes a provision affirming the carbon benefits of forest biomass as an important part of the U.S. energy solution.

The tri-partisan provision, offered by Susan Collins (R-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Angus King (I-ME), received unanimous support by the Senate earlier this year.

“Forest owners commend Senators Collins, Klobuchar and King for their leadership in support of a clear and simple policy on biomass,” said Dave Tenny, NAFO President and CEO. “Such a policy confirms the science on the carbon benefits of biomass and will encourage private investment, promote forest health and empower states to utilize biomass to reach their renewable energy goals.”

In a bipartisan letter to the Administration last June, 46 Senators urged adoption of a clear policy recognizing the carbon benefits of forest biomass energy that is consistently and clearly documented by climate science. U.S. government data shows that the volume of growing trees in the U.S has increased by 50% since 1953. Net growth in U.S. forests absorbs 13% of annual CO2 emissions.

The Senate and House will now seek to reconcile their respective bills.

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