Six New Wood Biomass Projects Projected For Alaska

The Alaska Energy Authority has 14 biomass boiler projects on its to-do list this year, six of which will share $20 million from the state, AEA biomass project manager Devany Plentovich said. At the state Board of Forestry meeting Wednesday, Plentovich gave a presentation on the growth of biomass energy use in Alaska and new […]

The Alaska Energy Authority has 14 biomass boiler projects on its to-do list this year, six of which will share $20 million from the state, AEA biomass project manager Devany Plentovich said.

At the state Board of Forestry meeting Wednesday, Plentovich gave a presentation on the growth of biomass energy use in Alaska and new Environmental Protection Agency proposals that could affect Alaska’s biomass boilers.

The AEA is a state entity established by the Legislature in the 1970s to turn Alaska’s natural resources into energy. Biomass — specifically energy created by burning wood — is particularly viable in many Alaska towns, Plentovich said, and is growing in popularity.

Since the AEA’s biomass efforts ramped up in 2006, the organization has performed 75 biomass feasibility studies across the state. A feasibility study is the first step before AEA funds a project. This year, Plentovich said, 13 more entities have submitted applications to the AEA.

The biomass projects to be funded this year by the state’s Renewable Energy Fund are those in Galena, Kake, Ketchikan, Haines, Minto and Yakutat.

From JuneauEmpire.com: http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-03-20/six-new-biomass-projects-projected-state#.UzBpel7c2b9

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