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Conversion Factors for Bioenergy

By: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Dennis Hazel, Robert Bardon NC Woody Biomass

This is a quick-reference list of conversion factors used by the Bioenergy Feedstock Development Programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It was compiled from a wide range of sources, and is designed to be concise and convenient rather than all-inclusive.

Air Quality and North Carolina Wood Energy

By: Mark Megalos, Colby Lambert, Rajan Parajuli NC Woody Biomass

High fossil fuel costs and concerns about climate change have thrust low-cost, home-grown renewable fuels, like wood, into the energy spotlight. The enactment of North Carolina’s Renewable Energy Portfolio has increased the interest and opportunities to burn wood fuel to make electricity, heat, and steam. This factsheet reviews the air quality impacts of supplementing fossil fuels with woody biomass and current regulation on emissions from wood-fired plants.

Managing Forests for Biomass Potential

By: Mark Megalos, Rajan Parajuli, Colby Lambert NC Woody Biomass

This publication describes the types of forests and conditions that can be improved by biomass harvesting, and where such harvest may be less than ideal, to help you determine the right management choice for your land and situation.

Sustainable Woody Biomass Harvesting: Minimizing Impacts

By: Mark Megalos, Rajan Parajuli, Colby Lambert NC Woody Biomass

Woody biomass harvesting for renewable energy generation and bio-based products is likely to increase in North Carolina - sparked by higher energy prices and government policies to promote renewable energy. The expansion of a wood-based energy industry has prompted concerns about intensified forest biomass removal and its potential impact on water, wildlife, biodiversity and site nutrients. This publication reviews common, cost ­effective strategies that minimize, prevent, or mitigate harvest impacts.

Woody Biomass - Frequently Asked Questions

By: Dennis Hazel NC Woody Biomass

This publication defines many of the questions often asked about biomass-based energy, the associated technologies and producing woody biomass. These questions and their answers will help you understand terms and concepts commonly associated with biomass energy.

A Biomass and Bioenergy Glossary for Forest Landowners

By: Robert Bardon NC Woody Biomass

This publication defines unique biomass and bioenergy terms as they relate to forestry and forest management. These definitions will help you understand commonly used words and phrases that arise in biomass and bioenergy literature and discussions.

Community Economic Profile: Buncombe and Orange County Examples

By: Matthew Langholtz, Douglas Carter, Alan Hodges, Annie Oxarart, Richard Schroeder, James Jeuck NC Woody Biomass

In the southern United States, communities with increasing populations and nearby forests may be able to consider using woody biomass to generate energy. A variety of other factors must also be considered, such as the price of existing energy sources, competing markets for wood, community acceptance and the economic availability of wood resources. To gain a better understanding of the range of possibilities for economic availability and the local economic impacts of using wood for energy, Buncombe and Orange counties were selected for analysis in this community economic profile. This document is for forestry professionals and county planners to understand the Community Economic Profile and Analysis Process.