Awards will support the development of eleven state wood energy teams and nine biomass energy projects
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) welcomed the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) announcement today awarding more than $2.5 million in grants to develop wood energy teams in eleven states and an additional $1.25 million for nine wood energy projects.
In a statement, Secretary Vilsack noted that, "Renewable wood energy is part of the Obama Administration's 'all of the above' energy strategy. Working with our partners, the Forest Service is supporting development of wood energy projects that promote sound forest management, expand regional economies and create new rural jobs."
These federal funds leverage more than $4.5 million in investments from USDA partners that will bring together state, federal, and private actors under the guidance of State Wood Energy Teams to stimulate the development of additional wood energy projects. The Secretary also announced more than $1.25 million for Wood-to-Energy projects to encourage the utilization of material from National Forest System lands, such as beetle-killed trees, improve forest health, and aid in wildfire prevention. The full list of recipients for both the State Wood Energy Teams and Wood-to-Energy grants is below.
"Today's awards are a wise investment in renewable and affordable biomass thermal energy for communities across the country," said Joseph Seymour, BTEC executive director. "We praise the USDA for its leadership on biomass thermal project development and forest stewardship. These State Wood Energy Teams and energy projects will result in cost savings for businesses, institutions, and communities that rely on volatile and high priced heating fuels like oil and propane."
The eleven State Wood Energy Teams funded today join the list of the five teams funded in 2013, including Alaska, California, Idaho, Minnesota, and New Hampshire. A majority of activities of the existing state teams have focused on identifying biomass thermal opportunities in their states such as providing feasibility assistance and offering project grants.
"This is yet another example of the successful dialogue between the states, resource advocates, the U.S. Forest Service, and the USDA to deploy efficient, modern biomass thermal systems," continued Seymour. "BTEC congratulates the recipients and pledges its support to the 16 State Wood Energy Teams to help coordinate and share best practices in our common goal of achieving a better way to heat."
Wood to Energy Grant Recipients
State Project Title Recipient Amount
California Big Valley Lumber and Cogeneration Facility BVPProperty, LLC $250,000
California System Impact Study Funding for North Fork and Wilseyville CHP Projects Watershed Research and Training Center $96,000
Minnesota Industrial Wood Pellet Mill Wagner Construction, Inc. $250,000
New Hampshire Claremont Hot Water District Energy System Capital Regional Development Council $250,000
Oregon Technical Engineering Report for Three Dimensional Timberlands Integrated Biomass Facility Three Dimensional Timberlands, LLC $33,600
Oregon Mt. Bachelor Biomass Thermal Energy for West and Sunrise Villages Mt. Bachelor, LLC $220,000
Vermont St. Johnsbury Wood Pellet Mill Engineering Analysis Northern Forest Center $47,000
Washington Qualco Energy - Woody Biomass to Combined Heat and Power QualcoEnergy $120,000
Washington Wind River Biomass Combined Heat and Power Utility Wind River Biomass Utility, LLC $100,000
Statewide Wood Energy Teams (SWET)
State Project Title Organization Amount
Arizona Arizona Biomass Enterprise Team Arizona State Forestry Division $250,000
Colorado Colorado Statewide Wood Energy Team Colorado State Forest Service $250,000
Kentucky Kentucky Statewide Wood Energy Team Kentucky Dept. for Energy Development and Independence $250,000
Montana Montana Statewide Wood Energy Team and Wood Energy Program MT Dept. of Natural Resources and Conservation $250,000
New Mexico New Mexico Statewide Wood Energy Enterprise Team New Mexico Forest Industry Association $250,000
New York Biomass Heating Technology Market Stimulation in New York: New York's Statewide Wood Energy Team Empire State Forestry Foundation $250,000
Oregon Oregon Statewide Wood Energy Team OR Dept. of Forestry $250,000
Vermont Vermont Statewide Wood Energy Team VT Dept. of Forest, Parks & Recreation $250,000
Washington Healthy Washington Forests through Wood Energy WA Dept. of Natural Resources $250,000
West Virginia West Virginia Wood Energy Team: Facilitating Bio-Business Development West Virginia University $250,000
Wisconsin Wisconsin Refuels with Wood Energy Wisconsin Dept. of Administration $250,000
About the Biomass Thermal Energy Council
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) is an association of biomass fuel producers, appliance manufacturers and distributors, supply chain companies and non-profit organizations that view biomass thermal energy as a renewable, responsible, clean and energy-efficient pathway to meeting America's energy needs. BTEC engages in research, education, and public advocacy for the fast growing biomass thermal energy industry. For more information, visit www.biomassthermal.org.