Biomass & Bioenergy in Northeast US

Presenter: Thomas Buchholz, Ph.D.
Forest Biomass and Bioenergy: Opportunities and Constraints in the Northeastern United States

The recently published report provides a region-wide assessment of the amount of forest biomass that could be sustainably harvested for energy production in the eight northeastern states from Maine to Pennsylvania. In this video, Thomas Buchholz discusses the results, including how most of the biomass that is available for energy will have to come from recovery of logging waste -- the treetops left behind by traditional logging practices. Additionally, if available biomass is channeled into the most efficient forms of biomass energy, he estimates that it could make up 1-2% of the region's total energy consumption.

On the flip side, Buchholz estimates that using the biomass to produce pellets for residential heat could replace 16% of the oil currently used in that energy sector. Or forest biomass could be used to generate 4-6% of the electricity use. As Buchholz says: "These may sound like small numbers, but they are important if we want to preserve working forests, create local jobs, and develop regional, renewable energy sources."

This event is part of the weekly Gund Tea Series, an opportunity for affiliates of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics and the broader University community to engage in robust discussion about topical research, current events, and relevant theory. The Teas host visiting scholars and research associates from around the world, as well as some of the Gund's very own fellows & students.

A Production of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, an affiliate of the Rubenstein School for Environment & Natural Resources at the University of Vermont

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