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How much land is needed for biomass plants to generate a gigawatt hour?

Land required for a biomass power plant to generate a gigawatt hour (GWh) of electricity

Most woody biomass is gathered as scraps from forests and mills. But, if biomass takes off as a source of electricity, more aggressive tree harvesting becomes necessary. To generate 1 gigawatt of electricity (GWh), 188 acres of trees need to be harvested each year (this assumes sustainable harvesting that can be repeated each year).

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