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Scraps from US sawmills help to power Europe

from Houston Chronicle

Certain southern states might be known for oil and gas production, but the region also is a major producer of a lesser-known energy source — wood pellets. The South this year was the nation's biggest producer of wood pellets, accounting for about 75 percent of the 3.1 million tons of pellets that are made from scraps from sawmills, logging operations and other wood product manufacturing, according to the Energy Department. Nearly all wood pellets produced in the region are exported overseas, primarily to Europe, where they are burned for utility-scale electricity generation. more

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