Southeast Alaskan forests previously harvested for timber are currently re-growing and require thinning to maintain ecosystem service benefits such as wildlife habitat and hunting. Thinned material presents a potential biofuel source. Together with The Nature Conservancy and USFS staff, SIG presents a network approach to evaluatingmultiple energy delivery pathways, and a calculation of carbon, energy, and dollar savings presented by each pathway. Our findings suggest substantial greenhouse gas emission savings of over 70% as well as heating cost savings for all bioenergy scenarios compared to fossil fuel scenarios.
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Saah, D., Patterson, T., Buchholz, T., Ganz, D., Albert, D., Rush, K. (2014) Modeling economic and carbon consequences of a shift to wood-based energy in a rural ‘cluster’; a network analysis in southeast Alaska. Ecological Economics. 107: 287–298.