The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Energy Information Administration both offer information about biomass energy on their websites. On EPA.gov, visitors find information about biomass energy in A Student’s Guide to Global Climate Change section, while EIA.gov offers the information in its Energy Kids section.
The EPA website includes basic information about biomass energy, or energy obtained from animals and plants. The site explains that people use different types of biomass energy, including garbage, corn and wood chips, to create electricity by generating biomass energy. Restaurants donate or sell leftover cooking oils to produce biofuel. Biomass fuels are useful in powering cars and other vehicles and in producing electricity for residential and commercial use. The website offers tips and statistics on biomass energy, noting that waste-to-energy biomass power plants convert enough trash into electricity to supply 1.3 million homes in the United States, as of 2015.
The EIA website offers information about biomass energy along with infographics that make the concept of biomass energy easier to understand. The website explains the process of converting biomass sources into energy, such as using fermented sugar cane or corn to create ethanol. The website also notes that biomass fuels provided about 5 percent of the energy used in the United States in 2014.