Kentucky has the potential to develop thousands of jobs in the renewable-fuels industry, but it will take a lot of work and investment to achieve that, according to a state task force.
A full-scale system to produce fuel for power plants and vehicles made from renewable sources such as grass and wood chips could create 10,000 lasting jobs in 15 years, many in farming areas of the state, and generate billions in economic activity, the task force said in a report.
If the state required utilities to burn a certain amount of renewable fuel, also called biomass, to produce electricity, that would help develop such an industry, the report said. It would boost the market for biomass, creating an incentive for farmers, woodland owners and businesses to make the changes and spend the money necessary to build the bioenergy industry.
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