By the latest published out one source data in the USofA there are 3.2 million farms.
Another site: 2,109,810 farms. A third info site: 2,060,000 farms.
You can figure as recognized farms these are at least 5 acres and larger households.
Rural households reported in the USofA of 60 million people, representing 19.3% of US population. A squishy number here. How many actual household? Hmm. 23-25 million.
Urban households census reported at 126.22 million.
Census reports 2.5 million household as burning wood for heat. Another squishy number here? Pellet stove users included in “burning wood”?
Eastern Canadian located www.woodheat.org says 3.2 million in the US and Canada combined burning wood for home heating.
Micro approaches of wood-for-power (to me) means you do-it yourself; with your own efforts; and your own money. Make your own mistakes. Have your own set-back’s, stumbles and power on to usable for yourself and yours.
Not having to ask for permissions, funding, grid-tieing then no one can stop you.
Your only real limitation is a reliable non-blockable source for the wood fuel.
And only true, real, Rural living on at least 5 US/Canadian acres, 2.5 hectare acres tree/bush fuels capable growing can ever say they they have this.
This IS me.
These are the lifestyle choice folk that all of my woodgas working has been about. And for. “See! If I can, you can too.”
Today, now, any time that they are willing to grunt-sweat-it-out in the USofA; at least handily 10 million households of that 126.22 millions Urbans could shift back out to Rural living. Then DYI Wood-for-Power too.
Have to give up 15+ easy drive-to/delivered-to-your-door choices for pizza.
Have to give up 5 different price-competing sources for your high speed internet.
Have to obtain and maintain at least one reliable vehicle year around. No mass-transiting, leave-the-driving-to-us (Uber, Lift) for you anymore.
No more calling for competitive bids on a hot water heater replacement, furnace/AC maintenance for you anymore either. One choice, if you are lucky with a call-out travel-to-you add-on surcharge.
The drive to the nearest continent hopping airport is going to be a real trip beginnings/endings chore then too.
True Rural living anywhere in the world you have to be tough, and learn to be as services self-sufficient as possible.
So actually no worries about a crowd-massing by the USofA urban stopple by me.