Oregon Wins Lands Grant For Wood Energy Cluster

Gov. John Kitzhaber recently announced that Oregon won the nation’s first-ever grant to support a wood-energy cluster, a pilot project that will be developed with the U.S. Forest Service. The $168,000 Forest Service grant will support a pilot project focused on developing biomass energy projects that will use waste from forest-thinning efforts to provide heat […]

Gov. John Kitzhaber recently announced that Oregon won the nation’s first-ever grant to support a wood-energy cluster, a pilot project that will be developed with the U.S. Forest Service.

The $168,000 Forest Service grant will support a pilot project focused on developing biomass energy projects that will use waste from forest-thinning efforts to provide heat and power at schools, commercial buildings and mills.

The grant comes on the heels of the release of a draft biomass strategy plan for Oregon, completed by the state’s Forest Biomass Working Group. That plan, released for public comment reccently, placed an emphasis on the potential for wood energy clusters around the state.

“This project will help develop biomass energy clusters in our rural communities that save money, support forest restoration, and create jobs,” said Gov. Kitzhaber, in a statement. “This project not only creates additional renewable energy opportunities, it supports forest health restoration and job creation. It’s exactly the type of cross cutting approach Oregon needs.”

From Sustainable Business Oregon: http://www.sustainablebusinessoregon.com/articles/2012/08/oregon-lands-grant-for-wood-energy.html

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