This paper estimates the renewable energy potential of Maine’s forest resources, and how much energy these resources could potentially provide the state. Using the most recent state-specific data available, and a methodology similar to the Billion Tons Report, we find that ethanol production from Maine’s forest residues could potentially provide 18% of Maine’s transportation (gasoline) fuels with a fermentation wood to ethanol process. Making Fischer-Tropsch diesel (F-T diesel) using forest residues can replace 39% of Maine’s petro-diesel consumption. Actual levels of biofuels that can be produced will depend on conversion factors and forestry residue removals that are subject to uncertainty.
Rubin, Jonathan; Dickerson, Kate; and Kavkewitz, Jacob, "Biomass and Biofuels in Maine: Estimating Supplies for Expanding the Forest Products Industry" (2007). Energy & the Environment. 1.
pre-print (i.e. pre-refereeing)