Wood provides numerous benefits for Americans, and the natural resource may soon help the U.S economy grow. According to The Baltimore Sun, some companies are promoting wood as a cost-effective heating option for business operators and homeowners. Additionally, wood is also an eco-friendly alternative to fossil fuels, which has helped it become a popular heating choice for many people across the country.
"It's the workhorse of renewable energy in Europe and should be in the United States," energy expert William Strauss told the news source.
The Maryland Energy Administration is promoting programs that help homeowners who purchase certain types of wood stoves. These property owners could receive significant rebates if they buy cleaner-burning wood stoves or modern pellet stoves, and the rising interest in such units could help the U.S. economy.
Several wood producers are also increasing their workforces, thanks in part to new interest in the natural resource. The Tri-Parish Times reports that Drax Biomass International will build a wood pellet facility in Louisiana that could enhance the state's economy. Drax Biomass International is investing more than $120 million in the development of the wood pellet site and a storage-and-shipping facility.
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