A University of Washington report says woody biomass may be the state’s best opportunity to develop biofuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The report by the UW School of Forest Resources say woody biomass is the most abundant and sustainable state resource that can be converted into liquid fuels to replace gasoline and diesel.
Woody biomass is the residue left after tree harvesting, forest thinning or the manufacturing of wood products.
The report says 11 million dry tons of forest biomass could be available for energy production. That’s about two-thirds of what’s available annually in the state.
The Washington Legislature had asked researchers to look into the potential of wood as a renewable energy source.