CARBON NEUTRAL – Trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow. This stored carbon dioxide is released when the biomass is burned to generate energy and is absorbed during forest regeneration. No new atmospheric carbon dioxide is produced under a sustainably managed forest system, and for every ton of coal that is replaced by wood pellets, there is a corresponding 1.7-ton reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
HIGH EFFICIENCY – The net energy content of wood pellet fuel is approximately 75% of the energy content of the same amount, by weight, of average quality steam coal. One ton of wood pellets has the same amount of energy as 3.4 barrels of crude oil or 18,000 cubic feet of natural gas.
BASELOAD RENEWABLE FUEL – Unlike wind, solar and other forms of intermittent renewable energy, wood pellets provide a dispatchable, uninterrupted source of power.
LOW-COST RENEWABLE FUEL – Limited capital expenditure is required to replace, or co-fire, coal with wood pellet fuel in existing coal-fired power plants. This makes it one of the lowest cost renewable fuels.