bio·​en·​er·​gy | \ ˌbi-(ˌ)ō-ˈe-nər-jē How to pronounce bioenergy (audio) \

Definition of bioenergy

: energy for industrial or commercial use that is derived from biological sources (such as plant matter or animal waste) We also are pursuing many energy supply technologies with comparatively low or zero CO2 emissions profiles, such as solar, wind, geothermal, bioenergy, and combined heat and power.— Spencer Abraham

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Recent Examples on the Web In 2017, for example, McGrath and Sherring traveled to Verona, Italy, to finalize a deal for an Italian bioenergy company to build facilities in Howard County. Pamela Wood,, "Former Maryland Environmental Service associate of McGrath, Gov. Hogan’s ex-chief of staff, to testify in investigation," 7 Dec. 2020 Renewables for end-use include solar thermal, bioenergy and geothermal applications for heating. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Coronavirus Pandemic Speeds Shift to Cleaner Energy," 13 Oct. 2020 Remaining energy use in sectors that cannot be electrified should be decarbonized with carbon capture and storage and sustainable bioenergy, the ETC said. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "Getting to net zero emissions could cost $2 trillion a year, report says," 16 Sep. 2020 The first focuses primarily on BECCS—bioenergy with carbon capture and storage. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "CO₂ removal to halt warming soon would be a gargantuan undertaking," 27 Aug. 2020 The surge was largely brought on by demand for wood pellets for bioenergy, the authors of the study found. Saul Elbein, National Geographic, "Estonia’s ‘holy forests’ threatened by demand for biofuels," 24 Aug. 2020 The chief strategy is bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, but full exploitation would require a continent-sized area of land now used for crops and grazing. Eric Toensmeier, Scientific American, "How Climate Change Strategies That Use Biomass Can Be More Realistic," 1 Aug. 2020 The Decatur plant is one example of a suite of processes known as bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, or BECCS. Eric Toensmeier, Scientific American, "How Climate Change Strategies That Use Biomass Can Be More Realistic," 1 Aug. 2020 New spending includes plans to generate 50 gigawatts of renewables in 10 years, versus 2.5 gigawatts today, along with investing in bioenergy, carbon capture, and hydrogen. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Industry lays out what’s at stake with pending offshore wind leases," 4 Aug. 2020

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1978, in the meaning defined above

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“Bioenergy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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