Wood fuel has several environmental advantages over fossil fuel.
With all the recent attention given to the "Green" movement, it is a small wonder that the use of biomass for energy production has taken until now to catch on. Previously used to fuel paper mill boilers, biomass is a natural by-product of nearly all wood production. It comes in many different grades but is relatively easy to handle and deliver.
Wood fuel has several environmental advantages over fossil fuel. The main advantage is that wood is a renewable resource, offering a sustainable, dependable supply. Other advantages include the fact that the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted during the burning process is typically 90% less than when burning fossil fuel. Wood fuel contains minimal amounts of sulfur and heavy metals. It is not a threat to acid rain pollution, and particulate emissions are controllable.
The principle economic advantage of wood biomass energy is that wood is usually significantly less expensive than competing fossil fuels. Several biomass fueled powerplants have recently sprouted in the East Texas area, opening up a new market for a by-product we have been producing for 50 years. The primary reason for the explosion of plants in this area is the quantity of wood biomass that moves in the East Texas area.