Wood energy is a baseload power source, meaning it provides stable, on-demand power that can be quickly scaled up and down to meet daily fluctuations in energy demand. Baseload power is a daily necessity to energy systems to prevent power surges and black-outs.
Intermittent renewables, such as solar and wind, are not baseload and require back-up power when storage runs out, when energy demand peaks or falls quickly, or when demand centers are too far away from the source. Wood energy can provide this necessary back-up, supporting additional deployment of renewables, as well as a stable transition to a fully renewable energy grid.
Beyond traditional power generation, woody biomass can be used to decarbonize other sectors by providing low-carbon heat and steam, as well as for production of bioplastics and biochemicals. Between these opportunities, biomass carbon and capture, and large-scale power and heat production, sustainable wood energy goes a long way towards development of a zero-carbon economy.
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