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Biomass Energy Overview

Written by Erin Gobler

Edited by Caitlin Ritchie

Biomass Energy Overview

Biomass is a type of renewable energy made from plants and animals. Until the mid-1800s, biomass was the largest source of U.S. energy consumption, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. It remains an important source of fuel in many developing countries and still makes up about 5 percent of U.S. energy use.

Interested in learning more about biomass energy? Keep reading to learn how biomass energy works, what it’s used for, how much it costs, and more.

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