chapter  7
TVA BIOMASS FUELS PROGRAM
ByJ M STINSON
Pages 8

Biomass offers an alternative to fossil fuels and hence an opportunity for the United States and the Tennessee Valley region to become less dependent on imported petroleum. While biomass can meet only a portion of the fuel requirements, it has potential to make valuable contributions. Biomass also offers potential for less centralized energy production relative to electrical generation, petroleum refining, and pipeline distribution systems as a strategy in the unfortunate event of war. Moreover, biomass relies on renewable energy supplies rather than on mining a depletable (stock) resource.