Local Resources, Local Communities, Local Jobs

Biomass power provides local jobs because the source of our energy – wood fiber – is locally produced. All the fuel used by Michigan’s biomass power plants – about $17 million annually – comes from within 50 miles of the power plants, so those dollars stay in those communities. This translates to nearly 700 jobs processing, handling, and transporting these fuels from the field to the plant. The biomass plants are in or near small towns and villages where they are often one of the largest employers and taxpayers. These are skilled jobs that provide living wages and benefits. Every year these collective facilities pour more than $189 million into these communities through taxes, payroll and the purchase of goods and services.

  • Cost effective baseload renewable
  • Aids transmission and distribution reliability
  • Provides markets for low-value wood fiber & wood byproducts
  • Supports more than 100 direct jobs and nearly 700 additional jobs in fuel-related forestry jobs
  • $34 million in payroll & benefits

Biomass Support Markets

Biomass energy is not the "lead" in the forest products industry. But in its supporting role as an ancillary market, it augments the stewardship and sustainability practices that mitigate the risk of wildfire, aid regeneration, and aid in the control of pests and disease.

In fact, about a quarter of all products from Michigan's forest resources are energy related. That's more millions of tons of wood residuals that would remain in the forests every year, where it would inhibit growth, facilitate the spread of infection and disease, increase the risk of wildfire, and decay into methane, a potent greenhouse gas. In the absence of higher-value markets, biomass may help offset the cost and improve the effectiveness of these treatments.

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