MASSACHUSETTS ENVIRONMENTAL ENERGY ALLIANCE ENVIRONMENTCOMESFIRST
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Air and water
Most studies assume that transporting wood fuel for biomass plants from more than
50 miles away is not economically viable. This map shows “harvesting areas” for each
of the large energy-generating biomass plants proposed for Western Massachusetts.
A single plant 50 MW in size requires the equivalent of about 650,000 green tons
of wood per year for fuel, which translates to over 14,000 acres (over 22 square
miles) of heavy logging per plant, per year, according to the state’s own statistics.
50-mile radius wood-supply zones
RED: Pioneer Renewable Energy, Greenfield
YELLOW: Russell Biomass, Russell
BLUE: Palmer Biomass, Springfield
PINK: Tamarack Energy, Pittsfield
GREEN: Pinetree Power, Fitchburg
Dotted yellow lines represent out-of-state plants that have been proposed.