RE: [oilawareness-67] fyi: Alternative wood pellet Heating Fuel Made in Ga.

From: Samuel
Sent on: Friday, October 31, 2008 2:37 AM

Pardon me, Chris, but such bold statements require substantiation.

 

You are right; pellets are very energy intensive to make and frequently they are not economical, but that isn’t necessarily so. In fact, pellets are becoming increasingly cost competitive with other heating fuels even without subsidies (hence the article). Pelletizing doesn’t necessarily require oil or gas. Much of the input is electric – mostly coal- or nuclear-derived in Georgia.

 

I’ve worked as an energy analyst in this industry for years, but maybe I’ve missed something. Please show me how pelletizing wood is doing great harm to our energy resources. There are certainly trade-offs to be made, as Gail indicates, regardless of your fuel choice, but “nothing in life is free.” (My dogs lived by that tenet throughout their obedience training). Every fuel choice is fraught with problems at many levels. The harsh reality is that, if U.S. petroleum supplies are cut off someday, it doesn’t mean energy demand will cease. Alternative fuel processing and distribution systems will compensate, and choices and sacrifices will be made. Efficiency and economy will be the basis of those choices, perhaps at the expense of our environment.

 

I’ve toured several wood pelletizing plants and feed mills. They are very similar in operation, scale and energy intensity. The small- to medium-scale plants I toured were about 100kW. There are presently a handful of wood pelletizing plants around the country, but hundreds of feed mills. The intensive energy inputs at feed mills are built into the cost of the meats we eat, yet Americans grow fat from their exorbitant consumption of animal products. “When peak oil hits hard,” beef will become too expensive and many feed mills would conceivably be converted to wood pelletizing plants that run on wind or other clean energy sources.

 

I don’t want this debate to become unnecessarily intense. Would you want to continue in another forum?

 

Sam

 


From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Christopher
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2008 9:46 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [oilawareness-67] fyi: Alternative wood pellet Heating Fuel Made in Ga.

 

To Sam, Gail, & anyone else interested,

 

Wood pellets are extremely energy intensive to make.  The energy invested verses energy returned is not worth the effort.  It is doing great harm to our energy resources.  You need alot of oil / gas to make this stuff. 

 

Chris

--- On Thu, 10/30/08, Gail Tverberg <[address removed]> wrote:

From: Gail Tverberg <[address removed]>
Subject: Re: [oilawareness-67] fyi: Alternative wood pellet Heating Fuel Made in Ga.
To: [address removed]
Date: Thursday, October 30, 2008, 4:41 PM

Christopher,

 

We had trouble with deforestation 150 years ago. Everyone is going to go after the same wood (including the cellulosic ethanol folks). We will have the same problem again.

 

Gail

 

On Oct 30, 2008, at 4:15 PM, Samuel wrote:



Christopher,

 

I would argue just the opposite. When peak oil hits hard, there will surely be temporary supply interruptions with dramatic swings in both supply and demand, but everyone will be scrambling to replace that energy supply with every conceivable alternative. Biomass was the primary fuel source since humans discovered fire and remains so for 1.5 billion people around the world today. Pellets have a much higher energy density and efficiency than firewood, woodchips, sawdust or most other biomass forms. Biomass is one of Georgia ’s most abundant energy resources and the pellet expeller presses will be retrofitted with coal- or wood-fired steam engines if necessary. Modern pellet stoves also burn far more cleanly and efficiently than standard wood stoves.

 

Sam

 


From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed] ] On Behalf Of Christopher
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2008 12:10 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [oilawareness-67] fyi: Alternative wood pellet Heating Fuel Made in Ga.

 

I recommend not to buy a pellet wood stove because you will depend on availability of pellets.  When peak oil hits hard and the supply lines slow down or stop, you would not be able to use firewood, books, newspaper, etc. to stay warm. 



--- On Wed, 10/29/08, Stephanie Siegel <[address removed]> wrote:

From: Stephanie Siegel <[address removed]>
Subject: [oilawareness-67] fyi: Alternative wood pellet Heating Fuel Made in Ga.
To: [address removed]
Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 9:34 PM


From: Victoria Woodruff [mailto:[address removed]]
Sent: Wed 9/24/2008
Subject: Alternative Heating Fuel Made in Ga. is Affordable Renewable and Eco Friendly
PRESS RELEASE

With the U.S. Energy Information Administration expecting 2008 heating prices for oil to increase by 31 percent and gas to increase by 22 percent compared to the 2007 heating season, residents and businesses alike are searching for an economical and renewable alternative heating source.  Rock Wood Products, manufacturer of premium wood pellets, provides consumers with an alternative to current energy sources that is economic, renewable and eco-friendly.  Wood pellets, composed of hardwood timber by-products and other bio-mass materials are a growing trend for heating solutions and are already being used in over 800,000 homes across America .

Below is the full release on how premium wood pellets can help consumers decrease the cost of heating their homes and businesses this 2008 heating season.  Please let me know if you would like any additional information and/or to set up an interview with Rock Wood Products. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Victoria Woodruff

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          Alternative Green Heating for Your Home:  Premium Wood Pellets

 

THE ROCK, GA. (Sept. 24, 2008) —Wood pellets are a growing trend as an alternative source of energy for both residential and commercial consumers as the cost of energy continues to escalate. The U.S. Energy Information Administration announced residential heating oil prices are expected to increase by 31 percent and natural gas prices are predicted to rise by 22 percent for the 2008 heating season when compared to the 2007 season. Pellet fuel is affordable, environmentally friendly and renewable, making it a hot commodity in the race to find alternative sources of energy, and manufacturers are seeing an increase in business as a result. 

             “Pellet fuel is becoming a mainstream heating resource because it is economically priced and readily available for consumers wanting to reduce the high energy costs,” says Phillip Fallin, president and CEO of The Rock Wood Products, LLC. “Over the past year our business has increased exponentially and we are continuing to open in new markets across the East Coast, including Maryland and New York .”

Wood pellets are composed of compressed hardwood timber by-products and other waste materials, and they can be use for heating, grilling or used as dry animal bedding. These pellets are in high demand for their economic, environmental and efficient appeal and are already being used in approximately 800,000 homes across America . Manufacturers are producing more than 1 million tons a year to meet growing demands according to the Pellet Fuels Institute.  

Unlike current energy sources such as oil, electric heat and propane, premium wood pellets are a renewable and eco friendly solution to an energy problem. Pellets are made of wood by-products which recycles excess material from the logging industry and reduces waste that would otherwise be deposited in landfills. Additionally, pellet fuel is clean burning and is not hazardous to air quality. “Rock Wood premium wood pellets only uses recycled hardwood biomass, making the product 99 percent combustion efficient with an ash content less than one percent, making wood pellets both economic and environmentally-friendly choice for heating,” says Fallin.

 Wood pellets can be used in a variety of home heating appliances such as freestanding pellet stoves, fireplace inserts or furnaces. Pellets are also an effective and popular fuel source for large establishments such as schools or commercial facilities. In addition, wood pellets have been utilized for other uses including barbecue grills and even as animal bedding as a clean alternative to sawdust.

Homeowners and facility purchasers can find pellet fuel and appliances at a variety of locations including independent hardware stores, such as Thomaston Hardware, fireplace dealers, nurseries, feed and garden supply stores or directly from the manufacturer. “We sell our wood pellets in a variety of quantities and can refer customers to their nearest retail provider,” says Fallin.

As fall approaches and fossil fuel prices continue to rise, homeowners and businesses alike are preparing for cooler weather and investing in pellet fuel heating solutions to stay warm and save money. For more information visit www.rockwoodpellets.com.

 

About The Rock Wood Products, LLC.

The Rock Wood Products is a manufacturer of premium wood pellets for use in residential, commercial and agricultural operations. Located in The Rock, Ga. , it is central Georgia ’s only dedicated manufacturer of hardwood pellets. Founded in 2005, Rock Wood features a custom designed, state-of-the-art facility that began production in the fall of 2006. For more information please visit www.rockwoodpellets.com.

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Victoria Woodruff

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Duffey Communications, Inc.

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