24 Feb '16, 8am

Europe Drives Up Demand for U.S. Wood Pellets

Europe Drives Up Demand for U.S. Wood Pellets

Six millions tons of wood pellets manufactured from trees harvested in the U.S. were shipped to Europe last year to help utilities there meet renewable energy goals, but a growing number of environmentalists say that the program does more harm than good. In an article posted at Science 2.0 , David Styles, a lecturer at Bangor University in Wales, said that shipments in 2015 were nearly double the amount of pellets shipped in 2013. Half of them went to a single plant: Britain's Drax power station, which is switching from coal to biomass Organic waste that can be converted to usable forms of energy such as heat or electricity, or crops grown specifically for that purpose. in order to reduce carbon emissions and grab what are called "renewable obligation certificates." The pellets were manufactured from wood harvested in five U.S. states: Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Alabama,...

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