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Heating with Wood in Alaska

Photo of Firewood for home heating.  Forest ServiceFirewood for home heating. Forest ServiceSnapshot : Converting oil heating systems in residential and commercial buildings in Alaska to renewable wood energy would require 1.3 to 1.7 million cords of wood a year

Principal Investigators(s) :
Brackley, Allen M. 
Research Location : Alaska
Research Station : Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW)
Year : 2012
Highlight ID : 71


Developing new markets for bioenergy is an important component of the Forest Service's objectives to sustain healthy forests and address the effects of climate change. A recent study attended to the information needs of forest managers, entrepreneurs, and civic officials who are interested in using various forms of local biomass as energy sources.

Given the high transportation costs of importing products to Alaska, local markets are an important part of any business plan to produce energy products. The total volume required to convert oil or other liquid fuels used by the Alaska residential and commercial sectors to renewable wood energy is equivalent to the amount of wood needed to supply raw material to one large pulp mill annually. The economic incentive to convert to solid wood fuel exists at any heating oil price above $3.00 a gallon.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks