Industry

A business plan for the Porcupine Pellet Plant was recently completed. To view it click here (4 MB file).

The locations noted on the map above (strictly in the Upper Peninsula) are all utilizing some sort of biomass energy. Most of the schools included on this map utilize green wood chips in the form of heat for the school. Others such as the L?Anse Warden Power Plant, New Page, and Verso Paper are all industrial users, where the heat produced may go toward a variety of purposes (energy production, space heating, heat energy for processing purposes, etc.). Blue locations on the map are either in the works or currently under construction and will utilize green chips.  In the case of the Mascoma Plant, cellulosic ethanol production is the prospective end result.

Pellet mills have been becoming more established across the United States as well as Canada for the past three years. In the U.S., the Northeastern states and some Midwest states (specifically Wisconsin), as shown in the map above, are becoming more established. There are at least 14 different locations in Wisconsin where pellets are being produced and shipped (i.e. Marth wood shavings in Marathon, WI) to locally growing markets (such as the Upper Peninsula) where local suppliers of these pellets have begun increasing their stocks of pellets due to higher demand for this renewable economic energy source.

The following four maps show other factors of production and consumption of biofuels: