Public Perceptions of Using Woody Biomass as a Renewable Energy Source
Woody biomass is an energy source that may play a significant role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. One barrier to using wood for energy is public perceptions. This article describes the results of a needs assessment survey that was used to develop a public outreach program. Survey responses from 298 residents of Alachua County, Florida suggest that respondents do not know about using wood for energy, are willing to be engaged in the decision-making process, and are generally in favor of using waste wood as an energy source. Respondents are most concerned about sustaining nearby forests and air quality.
Plate, R. R., Monroe, M. C., & Oxarart, A. (2010). Public Perceptions of Using Woody Biomass as a Renewable Energy Source. The Journal of Extension, 48(3), Article 7. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol48/iss3/7