Small biomass power plants could boost rural economies says MU

New studies show that the creation of biomass power plants could not only help rural areas economically, but could help the whole national power grid. Tom Johnson, the Frank Miller Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the MU College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources and professor in the MU Truman School of Public Affairs says that through creation of these small power plants, it would directly help farmers and cut their costs. “If they had access to small biomass power plants, they could become close to self-sustaining in terms of power,” Johnson states. “If the grid was improved enough, they could even provide additional power to other people around the country, helping to stabilize the national power grid. This could help save rural citizens money and be a boon for rural economies.” But to receive the benefits that these power plants could bring, policy makers must step in. “We need an integration of policy and programs among community leaders, rural entrepreneurs and economic developers or practitioners who act as conduits between entrepreneurs and policy.”

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