What are the reasons not to use wood for energy?

Communities should discuss a number of factors when considering whether using wood for energy is the right choice. While many factors may be location-specific, some factors to consider include the cost and sustainable supply of wood resources within a reasonable hauling distance, environmental sustainability and impacts, adequate road infrastructure for transportation and processing, storage and quality control of wood feedstock, and competing demand for wood resources. In addition, from an economic standpoint, questions of “highest and best use” of the forest resource may be relevant. The economic impacts of wood energy in terms of job creation and other economic development may vary from those that result from other forest uses. This FAQ was adapted from Wood to Energy and used with permission.