Biomass

Biofuel Debate
7:38 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Carbon Controversy: Should the Northwest Grow Markets For Forest Biofuels?

A slash pile at a timber harvest site in the Tillimook State Forest. Advocates of woody biomass say slash like this can be used to replace fossil fuels.
Credit Marcus Kaufmann

More than a dozen Northwest schools and hospitals have replaced old diesel heating systems with boilers that burn wood pellets. Advocates say that this wood fuel -- called forest biomass -- is an affordable local source of energy. And it can help rural communities cut back on their fossil fuel use.

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