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      Weed considered new biomass possibility

      The state has been looking into the weed, miscanthus as an alternative energy option

      The Economic Development Commission heard about alternative energy options at their meeting Wednesday.

      Jill Stuckey, director of the Center of Innovation for Energy says Albany is perfect for growing things like pecans, cotton and other crops that can be used as biomass.

      Another option is miscanthus--a weed that the state is looking into more closely.

      It grows very fast, the tonnage is about three times that of a pine tree per acre, per year and it's a dry material, so when you harvest it, you don't have to worry about squeezing all the moisture out of it, says Stuckey.

      The weed is also drought resistant.