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Biomass energy use in Ohio

Wood residues

In Ohio, there are more than 1,300 wood manufacturing companies. A substantial quantity of biomass resources are generated from forests (tops and limbs) and wood companies (saw dust, chips, barks and edgings). The Ohio Biomass Energy Program has published several reports on industrial and forest wood residues in Ohio.

Directory of Wood Manufacturing Industry of Ohio

This report provides information regarding the amount and type of wood residues available and their current uses in the state of Ohio. These are presented according to the size, wood input requirements, expenditure on energy, types and amount of wood residues generation, existing wood residue uses and disposal and the current price for wood residues. (summary) (full text)

The Directory of Wood Manufacturing Industry in Ohio updates the database of Ohio Wood Manufacturers with their current addresses and other essential information. The database is given in the directory form for each of the industry categories: Dry Kiln, Saw Mill, Small Secondary Manufacturing Sector, and Large Secondary Manufacturing Sector. The report also includes the descriptive methodological tools used for the survey. The summarized data and other relevant information of wood manufacturing companies in Ohio are presented in the report.

Utilization Of biomass energy resources In Ohio

This report reviews the current and potential use of woody biomass resources. A linear programming (LP) model is developed to identify potential sites for biomass power plants based on availability of forest and industrial wood residues. This LP model is used to examine various policy issues having to do with the use and disposal of industrial wood and forest residues in Ohio.

Use of industrial wood residues in Ohio

Sold - 45.27%
Landfill - 21.63%
Given Away - 17.63%
Internal Uses - 15.47%

Livestock, food processing, and other wastes

See: Updated Agricultural Biogas Casebook - Great Lakes Biomass Energy Program

In the 2005 federal budget, the Ohio Agricultural Research Development Center was awarded a significant grant for research on anaerobic digestion. 

Biomass Task Force

The Biomass Task Force was formed in April 2002. The Ohio Biomass Energy Program is an integral part of this task force along with other state agencies. The task force serves to:

  • explore and support development of clean distributed generation systems in Ohio
  • serve as a "point of entry" for the industry to receive technical, permitting and regulatory assistance, and financing options for potential projects
  • promote energy and environmental benefits

Biodiesel and ethanol

Gov. Strickland’s Executive Order 2007-02S requires each state agency to reduce dependence on foreign oil by purchasing alternative fuel vehicles and using alternative fuels when readily available.

So where can I find gas stations that offer E85 fuel?
Visit the Clean Fuels Ohio map online for up-to-date information on E85 refueling locations. Click on the name of station to view a Google Map and obtain directions.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s alternative fuel route mapper is useful to determine the proximity of an E-85 fuel station as you travel throughout Ohio: The website is:

Amended Substitute Senate Bill 144

  • Allows a nonrefundable tax credit against corporation franchise or personal income tax liability for an investor in a biofuel production plant
  • Provides that the tax credit is equal to 50 percent of the money invested in such a plant ($ 5,000 maximum)
  • Allows the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority to offer financing incentives for construction of biofuel facilities

More on Senate Bill 144:

           Ohio ethanol production map (February 2008)

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Landfill gas-to-energy

Rumpke plant





The landfill gas-to-pipeline plant at the Rumpke Sanitary landfill in Cincinnati uses technology to convert gas produced naturally in the landfill to natural gas that is used by Duke Energy customers in Cincinnati.

The Phoenix Golf Links, located in Columbus, is an example of a creative and practical use of a closed landfill. Nearly 4 MW of electricity is being generated by the landfill methane recovered from beneath the golf course.

The Ohio Biomass Energy Program, Ohio Air Quality Development Authority and the Ohio-EPA are State Allies in the U.S. EPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP). The goal of LMOP is to reduce methane emissions from landfills by encouraging environmentally and economically beneficial landfill-gas-to-energy projects, such as direct pipeline use or electricity generation.

There are about 17 operational landfill gas projects in Ohio, either using the gas directly or using it to generate electricity. Seven projects in Ohio generate electricity with a total capacity of about 37 MW. The LMOP program has identified more than 20 candidate landfills for new landfill gas-to-energy projects and an additional 20 landfills with the potential for project development based on the acquisition of additional data or site-specific needs. For additional information, go to


The recovery of solid wastes, including municipal solid waste, recyclable materials and wastewater sludge for use as an energy resource, is an important option. The U.S.  Energy Information Administration has found that there is about 3.055 MW of installed electric capacity from municipal solid waste and landfill gas in the U.S.

Facilities in Toledo and Akron generate power from biogas created at wastewater treatment plants using anaerobic digestion technology.

For additional information on solid waste-to-energy technology, go to the Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council Web site.