- Report Published -
|Availability and Delivery Prices of Wood Wastes Within Virginia for Possible Use as Energy Fuel in State Facilities|
|Department of Forestry|
|HJR 582 (Regular Session, 1993)|
|Pursuant to the 1993 House Joint Resolution No. 582, the Virginia Department of Forestry was requested, "to survey the availability and delivered prices of wood wastes within the Commonwealth."|
Working with other state agencies and excellent cooperation from the sawmill industry, data was collected that provided answers to the questions requested in the Resolution.
The data showed:
1) The wood by-product sawdust is produced in large quantities and available to the highest market buyer.
2) Average delivered price for sawdust as a fuel was $9.37 per ton. Prices ranged from $5-$15 per ton.
3) Average hauling distance was 58 miles with ranges from 1/2 mile to 210 miles (one way).
4) Sawdust will be available for many years judging from past and present sawmill production and the industry infrastructure.
5) A lack of markets for sawdust does not appear to be a hindrance to expansion of the Commonwealth's wood manufacturing industry.
6) If all other factors proved to be economically feasible for an energy plant, a state facility should be able to purchase sawdust for fuel.