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A Case Study for a Biomass Logging Operation -- Texas Forest Service

Description:
With the recent prices of oil and gas having increased substantially, biomass from forests has generated substantial interest as an energy source. Several potential bio-energy projects in different, preliminary stages of planning in East Texas could need substantial supplies of woody biomass. Logging contractors may ask 1) what does it take to start a logging business for woody biomass, 2) how much does it cost to produce, and 3) is it profitable? Potential customers may want to know what the delivered price may be. To answer these questions, Texas Forest Service presents the following case study and attached spreadsheet of itemized costs of a logging business for woody biomass.

Related Topics:
5. Energy decisions are influenced by economic, political, environmental, and social factors.
8. Wood based bio-fuels are one form of energy that is renewable

Associated Grade Levels:
9-1011-12

Related Sub-Topics

5.4 Energy decisions are influenced by economic factors.

5.7 Energy decisions are influenced by social factors.

8.1 Sources of cellulosic residuals used are found in forest operations and in industry process

5.6 Energy decisions are influenced by environmental factors.