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Title: Use of Wood Energy in the United States -- An Opportunity

Source: Biomass 12 (1987) 27-36; 1987

Author(s)Koning, John W. Jr.; Skog, Kenneth E.

Publication Year: 1987  View PDF »

Category: Journal Articles

Abstract: The use of wood for energy -- including the burning of solid wood and black liquor from pulping -- has been growing at a rate significantly greater than that for all other uses such as lumber, pulp, or particleboard. In the United States, the end of most wood is not lumber or pulp and paper but feed for energy. In 1983, 155*5 M Mg of wood were used for energy. This could threaten to increase the price of wood for those other uses', or it can stimulate us to seek more creative ways of using untapped wood resources for fuel. On the basis of estimates of heavy wood energy use relative to other uses for wood, and estimates of continuing high costs for fossil fuels, we suggest here the feasibility of meeting the demand for fuelwood through small-scale cooperatives. Such an approach can improve forestry practices and can avoid unduly increasing the cost of wood for other end uses.

Keywords: Energy, fuelwood, forestry, chipping, economics.

File size: 474 kb(s)

Date posted: 05/19/2010
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Skog, Kenneth E.
Supervisory Research Forester
  

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