The Future Of Woody Biomass In a Renewable Economy
As the United States uses less fossil fuel and more renewable energy, using woody biomass to produce energy and liquid fuel will likely become more commonplace. Using biomass to produce energy and fuels has been discussed since the 1970s, but little work has been done to advance this potential resource. Two reasons for the lack of work on renewable energy sources have been the resurgence of low-cost crude oil and its seemingly plentiful supply. Biomass research and development should be continued and expanded to ensure the use of woody biomass. This is particularly important for the southeastern U.S., where woody biomass is extremely abundant.