|Total Plants: 107||Metric tons/year:||11,188,200|
Depending on the size of the home, winter heating with a pellet burning stove uses from 2 to 6 tons of wood pellets per year. If the average house burned 3 tons per year, 3,729,400 homes could be heated with pellets currently manufactured in the USA. There are 142,153,010 residences in the USA. biomassmagazine.com/plants/listplants/pellet/US/
Bill Gates has written that the climate crisis can be solved by developing least cost, renewable technologies to replace fossil fuels. (“How to Avoid a Climate Crisis”, 2021)
How do fuel costs compare?
Fuel Oil #2 Cost per million BTU = $30.19
Electricity Cost per million BTU = $35.17
Natural Gas Cost per million BTU = $15.38
Wood Pellets Cost per million BTU = $19.15
LPG/Propane Cost per million BTU = $41.13
Fuel switching from natural gas to renewably harvested wood pellets or split logs or dried wood chips (only if they can be burned cleanly enough to meet the Paris Agreements) seems to include a relatively small Green Premium. Replacing LPG/Propane, electricity, and Fuel Oil #2 with wood pellets seems like a good deal.