Interview: How will the wood pellet export industry impact North Carolina and the Cape Fear region economically and environmentally?
Wood pellets. They’re a simple idea, but their potential implications are far more complicated and controversial.
Member countries in the European Union are buying these small, compressed cylinders, which are made up of everything from sawdust to wood pulp, to use as a more planet-friendly fuel source than coal. Eventually, some say increasing restrictions on allowable carbon emissions will force the discontinuance of wood pellets as a fuel source because they’ll no longer meet government requirements. But right now, European subsidies are fueling an important emerging market in the southeast – and particularly North Carolina.Continue