Biomass Groups in the South

Southern Alliance for the Utilization of Biomass Resources

SRS Director Jim Reaves in discussion of future of biomass.Formed to create an industry which will utilize biomass resources in the southern US for the production of energy and chemicals.

The Alliance will foster communications, coordination, and collaboration among members and others to enhance the development of a bio-based industry in the South. It is composed of forest and farm owners, industry groups, universities, government agencies, and others.

This Group was combined with Southeast Agriculture and Forestry Energy Resources Alliance (SAFER) – see below.

Southern Biobased Alliance

An organization within the Southern States Energy Board with the goal of resurrecting biomass as an energy source in the region. Trees are the primary source of the biomass not crops. Has the support of the Southern Governor’s Association.

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Southern Coalition on Forestry Biomass

Southern Group of State Foresters charged Mike Zupko with forming this Coalition to develop and expand the industrial use of forestry biomass for fuels and other/new products.

Southeastern Regional Biomass Energy Program

Now managed thru the Southern Biobased Alliance was established by Phil Badger to expand the use of forestry and agricultural biomass for energy production.

Southeast Agriculture and Forestry Energy Resources Alliance (SAFER)

SAFERs vision is:

  • to position the South as the leader in renewable energy production;
  • to provide strategic leadership in mobilizing the agricultural and forestry sectors to work proactively in support of new energy solutions;
  • to create a network that is actively removing barriers to the commercialization of renewable energy technologies;
  • to promote policies and programs needed to develop renewable energy;
  • to connect all stakeholders to research, news, and data that will foster a growing environment which embraces renewable energy.