Biomass power provides local jobs because the source of our energy – wood fiber – is locally produced. All the fuel used by Michigan's wood-fired power plants – about $50 million annually – comes from within 50 miles of the power plants, so those dollars stay in those communities. This translates to more than 600 field jobs processing, handling and transporting fuel wood. These biomass plants are located in or near small towns and villages where they are often one of the largest employers and taxpayers. These are skilled jobs that provide living wages and benefits. Every year these collective facilities pour more than $72 million into these communities through taxes, payroll and the purchase of goods and services.

  • Cost effective baseload renewable
  • Aids transmission reliability
  • Provides markets for low-value wood fiber & by products
  • Supports 145 direct jobs and 500 additional jobs in fuel-related forestry jobs
  • $14 million in payroll & benefits
  • $8 million on local goods, services & taxes