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Wood to Energy: Alabama Community Economic Profile - Lee and Shelby Counties1

Matthew Langholtz, Douglas R. Carter, Alan W. Hodges, Jennifer E. O'Leary, and Richard Schroeder2

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Southern forests represent an important potential energy resource for heat, power, and electricity. Wood is not a resource that will be appropriate for every community, nor will the same sources of wood be available to every community. But many communities and industries already use wood, and the potential for others to use woody biomass for energy is significant. There is a great deal to learn about the many ways people are using wood for energy in the South.

The Wood to Energy Outreach Program developed a number of fact sheets, case studies, and community economic profiles. Community leaders and citizens can use this information as they explore the possibility of using wood for heat, power, and electricity. This community economic profile features two counties in the state of Alabama that could consider using wood for energy. It describes how much wood could be available within one hour of the county's center. The quantity of three sources of wood is estimated, urban wood, logging residues, and pulpwood, along with its transportation cost. An economic impact analysis was also conducted for each county to demonstrate the additional value of purchasing wood from local suppliers. This information can be used to help communities determine whether to explore the potential of woody biomass and what questions a community may need to be asked.

The Wood to Energy Outreach Program is a collaborative effort of the University of Florida, School of Forest Resources and Conservation; USDA Forest Service, Centers for Urban and Interface Forestry; Southern Regional Extension Forestry; and the Southern States Energy Board. The project was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the USDA.

Additional fact sheets, community economic profiles, case studies, and information are available in individual pdf files at edis.ifas.ufl.edu under Woody Biomass.

Footnotes

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This document is FOR 159, one of the series, Wood to Energy, Circular 1526, http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/TOPIC_SERIES_Wood_to_Energy, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, UF/IFAS Extension. Original Publication Date: September 2007. Reviewed February 2014. Visit the EDIS website at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu .

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Matthew Langholtz, Postdoctoral Research Associate, and Douglas R. Carter, Professor, School of Forest Resources and Conservation. Alan W. Hodges is an Associate Extension Scientist in the Food and Resource Economics Department and Jennifer E. O'Leary is an Outreach Assistant at the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, Florida. Richard Schroeder is the President of BioResource Management, Inc., Gainesville, Florida.


The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. For more information on obtaining other UF/IFAS Extension publications, contact your county's UF/IFAS Extension office.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.