Municipal biomass residues (MBR) are plentiful in the southeastern U.S. Despite favorable economic and policy contexts, few cities generate bioenergy from MBR. We hypothesized that the perspectives of the actors managing MBR have hindered implementation. We conducted interviews among stakeholders in Wake County, NC to investigate MBR use. Barriers that prevented stakeholders from adopting MBR to energy programs included lack of economic incentives for key practices, lack of credible enforcement for MBR use regulations, and poor communication. We discuss opportunities for Extension specialists to facilitate stakeholder interactions related to MBR utilization and bioenergy.
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Fratanduono, M. L., Steelman, T. A., Peterson, M., McHale, M., & Fratanduono, D. (2013). Barriers to Utilization of Municipal Biomass Residues for Bioenergy. The Journal of Extension, 51(2), Article 28. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol51/iss2/28