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Title: Logging to supply chips for power. [Cost analysis]

Abstract

Production of complete tree chips by an independent logger in Vermont is discussed. A price of $12.00 per ton for chips, derived from a study done on flat land with easily chippable species in Michigan, has been set by the Burlington Electric pilot wood plant. Based on current equipment costs ($70,000 for a grapple skidder; $65,000 for a feller buncher, and $150,000 for a chipper), a logger would need at least $16.00 per ton to support his investment. With used equipment and a chip price of $12 per ton, it is necessary to produce 8 to 10 van loads per day (at 23 tons per van load) to break even; bad weather and machinery breakdowns make it difficult to achieve this production level consistently.

Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6813144
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
North. Logger; (United States)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 27:7
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; 20 FOSSIL-FUELED POWER PLANTS; 14 SOLAR ENERGY; HARVESTING; COST; TREES; ELECTRIC POWER; ENERGY SOURCES; HARVESTING EQUIPMENT; OPERATING COST; PRICES; VERMONT; WOOD FUELS; WOOD-FUEL POWER PLANTS; EQUIPMENT; FEDERAL REGION I; FUELS; NORTH AMERICA; PLANTS; POWER; POWER PLANTS; THERMAL POWER PLANTS; USA; 140504* - Solar Energy Conversion- Biomass Production & Conversion- (-1989); 200108 - Fossil-Fueled Power Plants- Fuels- (1980-); 140300 - Solar Energy- Economic, Industrial, & Business Aspects

Citation Formats

. Logging to supply chips for power. [Cost analysis]. United States: N. p., 1979. Web.
. Logging to supply chips for power. [Cost analysis]. United States.
. Mon . "Logging to supply chips for power. [Cost analysis]". United States.
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abstractNote = {Production of complete tree chips by an independent logger in Vermont is discussed. A price of $12.00 per ton for chips, derived from a study done on flat land with easily chippable species in Michigan, has been set by the Burlington Electric pilot wood plant. Based on current equipment costs ($70,000 for a grapple skidder; $65,000 for a feller buncher, and $150,000 for a chipper), a logger would need at least $16.00 per ton to support his investment. With used equipment and a chip price of $12 per ton, it is necessary to produce 8 to 10 van loads per day (at 23 tons per van load) to break even; bad weather and machinery breakdowns make it difficult to achieve this production level consistently.},
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url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/6813144}, journal = {North. Logger; (United States)},
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volume = 27:7,
place = {United States},
year = {1979},
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