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Group: Biomass For Heat Could Work In Aspen Area

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Lodgepole pines (credit: CBS)

Lodgepole pines (credit: CBS)

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – A group studying the potential for using beetle-killed trees and other biomass for energy in the Aspen area says that using it locally for heat would probably work better than using it for electricity.

The Roaring Fork Biomass Consortium has been presenting its findings this week.

John Bennett of For the Forest says there are about 6,000 tons of dry wood including trees and construction waste that available annually in the greater Roaring Fork Valley, including a stretch of the Colorado River Valley from Gypsum to Rifle.

James Arnott of the Aspen Global Change Institute says the wood can be burned in low oxygen to produce methane, which can be burned for heat.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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