Case Studies

RISI works with a vast array of clients spanning all segments of the wood biomass industry, from organizations owning or looking to invest in timberland to energy companies and wood pellet producers who want to get a better understanding of their competitive landscape. The case studies listed below illustrate how our wood biomass clients have come to rely on RISI as the premier information and solutions provider to this market

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Education & Consulting Services

Type:
Private Equity

A middle market private equity firm contacted RISI while considering the purchase of a former coal power plant site for conversion to a wood energy plant. They were interested in getting a better understanding of not only what types of competition this mill would face for biomass feedstocks, but also whether it would be prudent for them to also invest in ownership of forest plantations to guarantee woodfiber for this and other wood energy projects.

How RISI helped:

  • Presented information on the local timberland supply and demand
  • Advised on which plantations species would bring the highest returns
  • Provided detailed information on competitive fiber consuming mills in the region and set expectations for long-term feedstock pricing
  • Provided a 10-year forecast of woody biomass pricing for the specified region

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Market Feasibility Study

Type:
Energy

A joint venture between two experienced energy companies whose goal is to provide green energy to utilities and municipalities contracted RISI to provide a series of feasibility studies for possible locations for wood energy plants. Evaluating 20 sites in all, each custom RISI study provided historical stumpage, woodfiber and biomass feedstock pricing, detailed information on competing fiber-consuming pulp, paper, sawmill and bioenergy mills as well as specifics on volume and types of forestlands in the area. These studies were used to determine if sites under consideration would be viable for construction of a new wood energy project.

How RISI helped:

  • Compiled numerous site specific biomass fuel profiles for the customer
  • Presented regional stumpage, chip, pulpwood and biomass feedstock pricing
  • Reported on the total amount of harvestable timberland within the surrounding area
  • Presented detailed information on all fiber-consuming mills within the specific area

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Biomass Policy Review

Type:
Timberland Owners

A major Timberland Investment Management Organization (TIMO) contacted RISI to understand how governmental policies and regulations specific to their region of operation could impact the demand for wood fiber. Specifically they were looking to get a better understanding of how the landscape could change due to the tremendous political interest in wood biomass, and what they should be planning to do to ensure they got the highest possible returns from their timberlands.

How RISI helped:

  • Reviewed and summarized renewable portfolio standards for five states within a specific North American region
  • Presented information on biomass requirements and/or restrictions for each state
  • Provided details on existing and planned biomass plants within the region, including generating/production capacity and total wood consumption
  • Reported on company ownership and locations for these wood biomass projects

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Impact Scenarios

Type:
Government Agency

A major division of the US federal government has been working with RISI to better understand how the forest products industry, particularly the wood biomass industry, is using wood as an energy source. Specifically their interest was in the types of organizations in the traditional forest products industry that used co-generation as a means to offset energy costs, as well as the size and scope of the emerging wood energy market itself. The information that is and has been provided has directly influenced changes to existing US federal policies.

How RISI helped:

  • Provided education and background information on the wood biomass industry and how closely it is tied to the traditional forest products industry
  • Presented detailed information on historical and projected supply and demand for wood fiber and other wood based feedstocks
  • Reviewed all existing and planned wood biomass facilities in North America including information on their generating/production capacities and total wood consumption rates

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