Study touts benefits of wood pellets for energy

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- A new study says using wood pellets for fuel in southwestern Wisconsin could save millions of dollars a year in energy costs, slash carbon dioxide emissions and create more than 100 jobs.

A La Crosse Tribune report ( ) says the study points to regional forests as a good source of biomass that otherwise decomposes.

The study was commissioned by the Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission. It was funded by $52,000 in grants from the federal Department of Commerce and the Wisconsin Department of Administration.

There are eight wood-pellet plants in Wisconsin, but the nearest to that region is in Ladysmith, 130 miles north of La Crosse. The study says even modest demand for wood pellets would support building a ninth plant.


Information from: La Crosse Tribune,

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