New Risi Report Reviews United States And European Wood Biomass Policies

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New RISI Report Reviews United States and European Wood Biomass Policies

BEDFORD, Mass., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products

industry, today announced the publication of the 2010 Wood Biomass Policy

Review. This new study provides a concise review and analysis of the policy

drivers and underlying objectives influencing development of the biomass

energy sector in the United States and Europe. This study profiles the

renewable energy sector in both the US and Europe, examines the evolution of

government policies in both regions and gives a realistic perspective on the

potential growth in wood biomass energy. The 2010 Wood Biomass Policy Review

is the first of three wood biomass multi-client studies to be released in

2010. This policy review will be followed by a forecast of wood biomass

demand and a third study providing an outlook for wood biomass supply and


    Robert Flynn, study author and RISI Director of International Timber,

commented, "Investors seem to be stampeding into new wood biomass projects

without a good understanding of the government policies that are really

creating this new demand. The RISI Wood Biomass Projects Database indicated

in December 2009 that 76 new wood pellet plants and 113 new wood-based

biomass power plants had been announced in North America since 2007." He

continued, "But not all of these new projects will be built, at least in the

next five years, and some that are built will not survive market realities.

The vast amount of information on this subject is overwhelming for anyone

trying to quickly develop an accurate perspective on the sector. This new

report will serve as a useful tool for investors trying to evaluate projects

and gain a realistic understanding of US and European wood biomass energy

related policies."

    The report features:

    - Detailed energy profiles for the United States and Europe,

      which place the demand for woody biomass energy in context of their

      overall energy sectors and other competing renewable energy forms.

    - A comprehensive and balanced review of renewable energy policies

      in Europe, and their likely impact in driving demand for wood pellets

      and/or woodchips imported from the United States.

    - A thorough review of existing and pending federal and state

      regulations and support mechanisms in the US, which are driving the

      development of biomass energy in the country.

    Who should purchase the 2010 Wood Biomass Policy Review:

    - Major forest owners seeking to understand the long-term

      demand for woody biomass energy, how quickly it will develop and how

      sustainable it will be.

    - Pulp and Paper companies looking at competition for fiber and/or

      possible benefit through government programs that give them credit for

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      renewable energy production.

    - Equipment suppliers wanting perspective on where and how much

      demand for specialized harvesting equipment, chippers, trucks,

      pelletizing equipment, etc. will develop.

    - Power companies developing or considering development of biomass

      power facilities.

    - Banks, hedge funds and other investors needing perspective on

      biomass energy development.

    - Transport companies - both rail companies looking at transporting

      pellets, chips and other biomass for energy within the US and shipping

      companies looking to transport chips/pellets to Europe.

    - Companies involved in developing large wood pellet plants.

    The 2010 Wood Biomass Policy Review is one of many wood biomass related

products and solutions offered by RISI. Visit for more

information about how RISI can help you solve your most pressing wood biomass


    The 2010 Wood Biomass Policy Review is currently available and can be

    About RISI

    RISI is the leading information provider for the global forest products

industry. The company works with clients in the wood biomass, timber, wood

products, pulp and paper, tissue, nonwovens, printing and publishing

industries to help them make better decisions.

    Headquartered in Boston (Bedford), Massachusetts, RISI operates offices

in Brussels, Belgium; Atlanta, Georgia; San Francisco, California; Portland,

Oregon; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Shanghai, China; Helsinki, Finland; Singapore; and

Charlottesville, Virginia. More information can be found at


    Dan Blenk

    Director of Marketing, Wood & Timber Information


    4 Alfred Circle,

    Bedford MA 01730 USA

    Tel: +1-781-734-8942



    CONTACT: Dan Blenk, Director of Marketing

             Wood & Timber Information of RISI



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