Putting a Biomass Energy System in Place

Throughout the United States, a wide variety of efforts are underway to develop economically sound and environmentally sustainable bioenergy production systems.

  • Federal policies, such as the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003, support the establishment of biomass-to-energy systems.
  • ...to authorize grant programs to improve the commercial value of forest biomass for producing electric energy, useful heat, transportation fuel, and petroleumbased product substitutes, and for other commercial purposes.

  • Scientists are taking the initiative to improve biomass production, processing, and conversion.
  • Entrepreneurs are developing and marketing biobased products for use as bioenergy.
  • Consumers are creating a demand for alternative forms of fuel and power generation.

Smart BioEnergyYet, to advance biomass-based production, there is still a need to educate concerned citizens, community leaders, and those who can supply and use biomass fuels.

We offer the Wood to Energy Outreach Program to encourage communities to consider their energy use and sources.

Potential uses, sources of raw material, and requirements to convert from fossil fuels to biofuels are all topics of concern.

The Southern U.S. produces nearly 60 percent of the Nation’s wood, and projections show that this percentage will grow.

The South is a prime location for producing woody biomass for energy production because of the proximity of forests to expanding urban areas, relatively low production costs, and an already abundant wood supply.

Research

Trees with Check Mark SuperimposedEffect of policy-based bioenergy demand on southern timber markets: A case study of North Carolina
Key factors driving renewable energy demand are state and federal policies requiring the use of renewable feedstocks to produce energy (renewable portfolio standards) and liquid fuels (renewable fuel standards). However, over the next decade, the infrastructure for renewable energy supplies is unlikely to develop as fast as both policy- and marketmotivated renewable energy demands

Trees with Check Mark SuperimposedNorth Carolina: A Bioenergy Case Study
State and Federal policies on renewable energy will, to a great extent, drive demand for wood-to-energy biomass feedstocks. Across the United States, 29 states and the District of Columbia have adopted renewable portfolio standards (RPS) mandating that a certain percent of the state’s energy come from renewable sources by a certain date.