The North West of England could potentially provide 181,000 green tonnes of woodfuel from its under-managed woodlands. At a 30% moisture content, this could provide 409,500,000 kwh which is enough energy to feed 1,335 average size boilers and could result in up to 100MW of installed capacity in the region, whilst supporting/creating up to 2000 jobs.
Other potential sources of woodfuel have been estimated by the North West Biomass Contacts Group as follows
- Arboricultural Arisings 35000 odt (odt=oven dried tonnes)
- Waste Wood 220000 odt
- Sawmill Co-product 20000 odt
- Recycled Wood 50000 odt