Wood makes electricity

Wood biomass is one of the fastest growing sources of electric generation. The Energy Information Administration projects a 12 percent production increase by 2015.

Using waste wood for fuel to produce electricity is still in its infancy and accounted for less than 1 percent of all electric generation in 2013. Citing EIA's "Short-Term Energy Outlook," ECT.Coop reports a projection that wood biomass will trail only hydropower and wind as utility-scale renewable electricity. One recent example is a 49-megawatt Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative wood chip-burning facility near South Boston, Va., across the North Carolina state line north of Roxboro.

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