In 1992, the use of wood energy and other biomass energy resources to produce electricity resulted in a
net impact of more than $1.8 billion in personal and corporate income in the United States. Currently, more than 66,000 jobs
are being supported by biomass energy. By the year 2010, the economic benefits are expected to triple as advanced biomass
power technologies and energy crops are commercialized. America's rural communities are especially poised to promote biomass
and create new jobs through biomass production, harvesting, transportation, and conversion.
lWorldwide, the use
of biomass could provide social and economic benefits to many countries and reduce their dependence on imported oil, while lowering their emissions of CO2 from fossil carbon.