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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.