Plants grow by converting solar energy into “biomass,” and some forms of biomass are more useful than others in storing and releasing that energy. Biomass is considered “carbon neutral” - meaning that carbon dioxide emissions from burning biomass are offset by the CO2 that was absorbed by the biomass as it grew.
For more than a decade, Alabama Power researched biomass – from wood chips to switchgrass – at almost half a dozen of our generation facilities. We are also partnering with a Westervelt Company in Moundville and Resolute Forrest Products’ Coosa Pines Facility in Childersburg to produce more than 22 megawatts of biomass energy. Alabama Power has the flexibility to either deliver the energy to its customers or sell the energy or the associated renewable energy credits to third parties.