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Forest Bioenergy

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United States Department
of Agriculture

Forest Service

Dennis R. Becker drbecker@umn.edu

Eini Lowell 

Department of Forest Resources
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
University of Minnesota

Center for Environment & Natural Resource Policy

Heat and electricity produced from forest resources is an important part of the nation's energy profile. Using biomass generated from timber harvesting, forest restoration, and wildfire fuels reduction efforts provides a renewable source of energy. The degree to which bioenergy production is done in a sustainable manner can also create good paying jobs, increase wealth retention in rural communities, and offset fossil fuel carbon emissions.

Access the Community Biomass Handbook and Wood Energy Financial App to quickly calculate the financial viability of your wood heating project. The Handbook and App can help screen project ideas, and answer initial project development questions about proven technologies for your community or business.

Community Handbook CoverCommunity Biomass Handbook

Access the eBook for information on community wood heating options with embedded financial app

Wood Energy Financial App Wood Energy Financial App 

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Access the app to quickly calculate financial viability of your community wood heating project

View screen shots of Financial App 

Wood Energy Financial App Webiner


The Community Biomass Handbook and Wood Energy Financial Calculator are for information and educational purposes only (e.g. project guidance, scoping, and prefeasibility assessment). They should NOT be used for investment purposes. The authors, USDA, and the Forest Service claim no responsibility for its use.