The House adopted by voice vote an amendment to the energy bill, H.R. 8, that would allow electric plants to be considered reliable without having to enter into a one-year contract.

The amendment benefits biomass energy, which is sold in smaller time increments than other energy sources and is often penalized because it isn’t ordered in more than one-year contracts, unlike coal and gas. It will clarify that “electric plants can be considered reliable without having to enter supply contracts that are greater than one year.”

“It puts all fuel sources on a level playing field…so that biomass is not penalized” Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine), who offered the amendment, said today during floor debate.

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