The wood energy industry creates 5,000 jobs annually throughout the supply chain in the US southeastern region.
Approximately 6.5 million metric tons of wood pellets were exported from the US Southeast in 2018.
Wood pellets reduce carbon emissions up to 90% when used in place of coal to produce electricity.
Strong markets for forest products such as sawtimber, paper, packaging, and wood energy, provide financial incentive for private landowners to keep their forests as forests. Wood energy is produced from lower-value wood fiber that often has no other market or is underutilized in the local area.
Wood energy is a renewable replacement for fossil fuels, providing low-carbon, on-demand energy that can be used to produce power and heat. Power from wood energy is flexible and stable and can support large-scale energy demand.
Wood energy provides grid stability and back-up power, making it the perfect complement to other renewables like solar and wind. Wood energy is a critical component of any comprehensive renewables strategy.
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