Wood biomass technology offers substantial benefits both to suppliers and consumers. Wood biomass is a much cleaner alternative to all fossil-fueled plants. In addition, abandoned or unusable farmland can be put into service for the production of wood biomass. The latest scientific research on wood biomass energy development suggests that it reduces greenhouse gas potential in the atmosphere when compared to not using wood biomass as power plant fuel.
Biomass energy production also provides a market for forest industry byproducts that normally wind up in landfills or have been left to decay, which can encourage the spread of insects and disease that infect healthy trees and encourage wildfires. Biomass energy solutions also use under-sized and diseased timber for pulp chips or dimensional lumber, providing landowners, sawmills, and loggers with a stable new market for their low-valued wood products.
- Renewable energy supplies are abundant and locally produced—and our best hope for converting industrials from the finite supply of remaining fossil fuel
- Removing diseased wood keeps forests healthier
- Rotting wood gives off methane, which is 20 times more harmful to the environment than carbon dioxide
- Wood biomass aggregation and production is carbon neutral: plants absorb more carbon dioxide than is used in burning the material for energy
- New, well-planned forest growth absorbs even greater amounts of carbon dioxide