Wood Bioenergy US, August / September 2013 Issue Analysis of Wood Demand from Bioenergy and Forecasted Pulpwood Prices in the South 

Wood Bioenergy US (WBUS) is a publication by Forisk Consulting that tracks, screens, and analyzes the wood bioenergy sector in the United States.

This issue’s feature explores how demand for wood from bioenergy plants can affect feedstock prices for pine pulpwood.

The analysis shows that announced and operating biomass projects, and assumptions of project viability, affect stumpage prices to a greater degree than assumptions regarding demand for traditional forest products such as pulp and paper and OSB that also depend on pulpwood. Projected increases in the use of pine pulpwood and logging residuals by bioenergy projects will increase stumpage prices in the U.S. South. According to the 2013 Mid-Year Forisk Forecast, pine pulpwood stumpage prices are projected to average $13.76 per ton in the U.S. South in the Base Case in 2023, an increase of 48% from the current price. On average for the U.S. South, 77% of the increase in stumpage prices is associated with increased demand from viable wood bioenergy projects (that pass status and technology screens).

The August/September 2013 issue will be useful for investors, analysts, and executives interested in wood bioenergy markets in the United States, especially regional considerations for wood bioenergy investments. For more information on a subscription to WBUS, including the full product list, please click here.

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