New RISI Report Forecasts Bioenergy Industry to Create 19 Million Dry Tons of New Wood Biomass Demand by 2015

By Risi, PRNE
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

BEDFORD, Massachusetts, February 9, 2011 - RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products
industry, today announced the publication of the North American Bioenergy
Review. This new study updates findings and provides expanded analysis from
RISI's 2008 report, Emerging Biomass Industry: Impact on Existing Woodfiber
Markets. The global recession has created a different environment from 2008,
with renewable energy providers and suppliers seeing slowed demand growth and
greater difficulty in accessing funding. In addition, the continuously
changing policy and regulatory environment has created uncertainty among
industry investors. Therefore, this updated analysis of the industry outlook
is timely and even necessary. New for the 2011 study is an analysis of the
cost structure and cost competitiveness of each industry sector. In addition
to forecasting North American wood biomass supply, demand and pricing, this
study also explores how international trade of biomass will affect North
American biomass demand over the next five years. This study also includes
chapters on technology and production economics and industry structure, which
explores the structural developments within each of the key market segments:
wood pellets, biomass power and biofuels.

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Anne Rahikainen, RISI Director of Bioenergy Services, commented, "This
new study, which is the most comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of this
sector available, fills a key need of the North American bioenergy industry
to better understand its potential within a vastly changed market and
economic environment." She continued, "We are currently in the process of
building further on this analysis in 2011 by launching a North American
Bioenergy Service that will provide regular updates on key areas such as
biomass supply, pricing, industry capacity and output, international trade,
policy and sector cost competiveness. These two RISI products continue to
anchor RISI as the firm uniquely positioned to best serve the information and
market research needs of this expanding and dynamic industry sector."

The North American Bioenergy Review features:

    - Demand and supply outlook for pellets, biopower and biofuels
      in North America to 2015 and analysis of key drivers of each industry
    - Projections on regional wood biomass availability including
      competing demand from traditional end-user industries and regional wood
      biomass prices to 2015.
    - Analysis of bioenergy industry cost structures and
      competitiveness as a buyer for wood biomass, relative to traditional
      end-user industries. The effect of subsidies on industry
      competitiveness and investments is factored into the analyses.
    - Trends and outlook for international trade and market
      opportunities for wood biomass, including pellets.

Who should purchase the North American Bioenergy Review:

    - Major forest owners seeking to understand the long-term
      demand for woody biomass energy, how quickly it will develop and how
      sustainable it will be.
    - Forest products manufacturing companies looking at competition
      for fiber and/or possible benefit through government programs that give
      them credit for renewable energy production.
    - Equipment suppliers wanting perspective on where and how much
      demand for specialized harvesting equipment, chippers, trucks,
      pelletizing equipment, etc. will develop.
    - Power companies developing or considering development of biomass
      power facilities.
    - Banks, hedge funds and other investors needing perspective on
      biomass energy development.
    - Transport companies - both rail companies looking at transporting
      pellets, chips and other biomass for energy within the USA and shipping
      companies looking to transport chips/pellets to Europe.
    - Wood Pellet producers or companies looking to invest in large
      wood pellet plants.

The North American Bioenergy Review is currently available and can be
purchased at

The North American Bioenergy Review is one of many wood biomass related
products and solutions offered by RISI. Visit for
more information about how RISI can supply your information and consulting
needs in the bioenergy area.

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industries to help them make better decisions.

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    Director of Marketing
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    Bedford MA 01730 USA
    Tel: +1-781-734-8942

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