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Biomass and Biofuels in Maine: Estimating Supplies for Expanding the Forest Products Industry
Energy & the Environment
  • Jonathan Rubin, University of Maine
  • Kate Dickerson, University of Maine
  • Jacob Kavkewitz, University of Maine
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This paper estimates the renewable energy potential of Maine’s forest resources, and how much energy these resources could potentially provide the state. Using the most recent state-specific data available, and a methodology similar to the Billion Tons Report, we find that ethanol production from Maine’s forest residues could potentially provide 18% of Maine’s transportation (gasoline) fuels with a fermentation wood to ethanol process. Making Fischer-Tropsch diesel (F-T diesel) using forest residues can replace 39% of Maine’s petro-diesel consumption. Actual levels of biofuels that can be produced will depend on conversion factors and forestry residue removals that are subject to uncertainty.

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Jonathan Rubin, Kate Dickerson and Jacob Kavkewitz. "Biomass and Biofuels in Maine: Estimating Supplies for Expanding the Forest Products Industry" (2007)
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