Mesquite as an Energy Resource: Potential and Environmental Considerations

David Sugerman
Gundars Rudzitis

DOI: 10.2190/ENHD-AE8R-DTH2-T227


Recently, increased attention has been paid towards using alternative sources of energy. However, of the available alternatives little consideration has been given to the biomass potential of mesquite trees. This paper examines the feasibility, problems and prospects of using mesquite trees as a renewable energy resource in Southwestern states such as Texas. Lignite is also an energy resource which is expected in future years to provide a greater proportion of electric generating capacity in Texas. To put in perspective any estimates of mesquite potential as an alternative energy resource, a comparison is made between mesquite and lignite. The advantages and disadvantages of each are pointed out.

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