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Bioenergy Overview
Biomass has been used for energy production ever since humans began to use fire to cook food and keep warm.
Biomass is the largest source of renewable energy in the United States, with wood being the primary resource. Other sources of biomass include agricultural and forestry residues, dedicated energy crops, native grasses and woody plants, certain municipal or industrial wastes, and gas from anaerobic digesters or landfills.
Biomass can be used to produce liquid fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel, generate electicity, or create bioproducts such as plastics or adhesives.
Oregon has a wealth of biomass energy resources and the Department of Energy is hard at work with local governments, Tribes, land managers, project developers and others to develop sustainable projects that will create jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign and fossil fuels, and proect our environment.