FAQs

  • Q: What is BERC? How can the organization help us with our project?

  • Q: Why use biomass fuels?

  • Q: Where does woody biomass come from?

  • Q: What kinds of facilities use biomass?

  • Q: What does a woodchip system look like? Will it make our building look like a saw mill or factory?

  • Q: Does burning wood involve a lot of labor?

  • Q: Are woodchip and pellet boiler systems noisy?

  • Q: Isn’t wood a dirty fuel that will make a mess at our building?

  • Q: Why should we experiment with an unfamiliar technology?

  • Q: Will we use our backup system more as the woodchip system gets older?

  • Q: Will big trucks be coming and going every day?

  • Q: Is there a danger that a large store of woodchips will catch fire?

  • Q: How stable is the supply of woodchips? Will they always be available?

  • Q: What do you expect the price of woodchips to do, especially with the development of cellulosic ethanol?

  • Q: Why should we use the forest for energy?

  • Q: What are the impacts of using the forest for fuel?

  • Q: Does using biomass for fuel from the forests destroy habitats?

  • Q: Are woodchips as clean as gas or oil?

  • Q: Will the wood smoke be an air-quality problem?

  • Q: Will the system produce airborne wood ash that will fall over the neighborhood?

  • Q: Are the wood ashes toxic? Where and how are they disposed?

  • Q: How can we pay for this project?

  • Q: What is peak oil and why should we be concerned?

  • Q: What are carbon credits, and will my project be eligible for them?