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Energy from Wood
Exploring the Issues and Impacts for North Carolina

March 13-14 , 2006
J.S. McKimmon Center
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina

About the Conference

“We must take a close look at all forest biomass and work to determine its’ highest and best use. Woody biomass is very abundant, and the portion we’re evaluating for energy production and other uses is mostly waste wood from which there is no present market or use. Our wasted forest biomass has the potential to drive the technology of our future.” - Stan Adams, Director, NC Division of Forest Resources

“The potential use of woody biomass for fuel has enormous economic and environmental significance for North Carolina.  Finding new biomass markets for pulpwood and poor quality timber will allow silvicultural options that currently do not exist for private woodland owners.  Such markets could only help the overall productivity and  health of our state's 18 million acres of  forests.” - Stephen A. Whitfield, Consulting Forester and NCWoodlands Executive Director

“…..Trees may be North Carolina’s oil tank; every calorie of energy generated by burning biomass rather than fossil fuels leaves fossil carbon in the ground rather than adding it to our atmosphere. (But) Biomass must be examined carefully….” These remarks by Dr. William Schlesinger, Dean , Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University published November 7, 2005 in The Raleigh News and Observer speak of both the optimism and the concerns associated with the potential for using woody biomass (including standing timber) to help meet the state’s future energy needs.

This Conference Will:

  • Present much of the known information about potential impacts and opportunities on North Carolina’s forests from a wood biomass economy.
  • Offer an opportunity for diverse stakeholders to explore issues surrounding woody biomass; and
  • Prepare stakeholders for the future policy discussions surrounding the use of woody biomass for energy.

Who Should Attend?
The conference will be useful for policy makers, regulatory agency staff, industry (energy, foresters, forest landowners, manufacturing), scientists, environmental interests, and local or regional biomass energy users.

Conference Goals

  • Review of the current opportunities and issues related to incorporating woody biomass in North Carolina’s pending Renewable Portfolio Standard.
  • Learn from successful users and efforts underway across the nation to deploy woody biomass energy or technologies.
  • Explore the potential impacts (favorable or not) of increasing the use of woody biomass for energy in North Carolina and across the southern region.
  • Explore the net effects on conventional air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions from increased use of wood-based fuels.
  • Explore the potential for increased carbon dioxide sequestration by forests in North Carolina.
  • Foster communication among potential users of biomass-energy and stakeholders of renewable energy in North Carolina

Location and Lodging
All conference sessions will be held at the J.S. McKimmon Center located on the North Carolina State University campus. Monday evening a social with displays will be held at the NC Solar House, located next to the McKimmon Center. Lodging is not included in the registration fee, however, rooms have been blocked at the Holiday Inn - Brownstone near NCSU. To make a reservation, call 919-828-0811 before March 6, and mention that you are with the group "Energy Conference". Directions to the McKimmon Center

Day 1 will offer 5.5 Category 1 Continuing Forestry Education credits (CFEs) from the Society of American Foresters and 7.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) from the NC Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors. Day 2 will offer 3.5 Category 1 CFEs and 3.5 PDHs.

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