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dc.contributor.advisor Richter, Daniel
dc.contributor.author Palange, David
dc.date.accessioned 2009-04-24T15:03:11Z
dc.date.available 2009-04-24T15:03:11Z
dc.date.issued 2009-04-24T15:03:11Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/998
dc.description.abstract Economic and environmental concerns over fossil fuels are placing the Southeast United States in a position to expand its use of wood biomass for energy. The region’s productive forestland, growing population, and wood products industry can help provide a sustainable, diverse and abundant supply of woody biomass much of which is currently unutilized. While federal and state policies are steering the use of wood toward large-scale production of cellulosic ethanol and electricity in the Southeast, the generation of thermal energy, the most efficient use of wood, appears to be undervalued. Three market segments that can benefit economically from biomass thermal energy are highlighted: institutions, agriculture, and industry. These segments are selected based on sustainability criteria that include a rapid payback period, high demand for thermal energy, efficient use of woody biomass, proximity to fuel source, and potential for repeatability across the region. Sensitivity analyses and case studies are used to support these findings. Critical factors for implementation of biomass thermal energy in the Southeast are also identified, revealing key economic, political and social barriers and drivers. Central barriers include the lack of a formal biomass market, competition with conventional fossil fuels, and poor public perception of wood energy. Drivers that favor the expansion of wood energy systems are renewable energy tax credits, an established forestry infrastructure, and the mutual relationship between biomass removal for energy and forest management practices. The findings can be used to support government, business, and agricultural clients that are looking to invest in affordable and renewable energy projects. en_US
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dc.subject biomass en_US
dc.subject renewable energy en_US
dc.subject Southeast en_US
dc.subject wood energy en_US
dc.title Wood Energy in the Southeastern United States: A Strategy for Sustainable Growth en_US
dc.type Masters' project
dc.department Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences

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