Expanding Utilization of Woody Biomass Resources for Electricity Generation in Florida and its Economic Impacts

M. Rahmani, A.W. Hodges & T.J. Stevens
This study examined the economic impacts of substituting woody biomass fuels for fossil fuels to generate electricity in Florida. Presently, bio­fuels are the primary source of renewable energy in Florida. The state has 16.9 million acres (6.84 million hectares) of forest lands and year­round growing conditions. Using more woody­biomass resources for electricity generation has raised concerns about potential ecosystem degradation and adverse consequences for the wood products industry from anticipated increase in the price of...