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The Alaska Wood Energy Development Task Group (AWEDTG) consists of a coalition of federal and state agencies and not-for-profit organizations that have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore opportunities to increase the utilization of wood for energy and biofuels production in Alaska. These organizations include: the Alaska Energy Authority; Alaska Village Initiatives; Denali Commission; Juneau Economic Development Council; National Renewable Energy Laboratory; State of Alaska, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry; USDA Farm Service Agency, Alaska; USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Alaska; USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station; USDA Rural Development, Alaska; USDI Bureau of Indian Affairs, Alaska; USDI Bureau of Land Management, Alaska; USDOC Economic Development Administration, Alaska; The Nature Conservancy; Tanana Chiefs Conference; Southeast Conference; University of Alaska Fairbanks, Cooperative Extension Service; and USDA Forest Service, Alaska Region.
Alaska Energy Authority
Forests and woodlands across the state of Arizona are in need of market development opportunities to facilitate on‐the‐ground restoration activities. Arizona State Forestry and the USDA Forest Service are committed to advancing the installation of commercially viable wood energy systems in the public and private applications that use woody biomass generated from public lands and other land ownerships, in Arizona.
Arizona State Forestry Division
Through U.S. Forest Service funding, the California Statewide Wood Energy Team was established as a subgroup of the larger Biomass Working Group. Many team members have 20 to 30 years of community outreach, wood sourcing, wood energy systems, and financing experience. The SWET conducts wood energy outreach and educational activities, supports promising early stage wood energy projects through technical assistance and provides seed funding for feasibility assessments, and formalizes the future operation of the SWET and larger Biomass Working Group through an interagency MOU and financing mechanism. At least five thermal, power, or combined heat-and-power projects supported by these funds are expected to be in the testing phase or operational; another eight are expected to be under construction by the end of the 3-year Cooperative Agreement period.
The Watershed Research & Training Center
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The Colorado Wood Energy Team (CWET) brings over 50 years of combined expertise in biomass utilization program delivery with the past 10 years of focus on biomass-energy technical assistance, education, and outreach. Our team includes expertise in biomass harvesting and harvesting economics, technology feasibilities and financing, supply planning, biomass utilization and energy policy, spatial analysis tools, and outreach. Under a cooperative agreement with the USDA Forest Service and the Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC), the CWET focus is on pre or initial technology, facility, and economic feasibly; providing communities and candidate facilities an initial go or no go decision. Further, the Team will design a spatial modeling decision support tool representing biomass fuel sources, producers, and current and potential users. Finally, recognizing that biomass may not be a good fit in today’s technology or economic climate, the CWET is engaged with technology providers, facility designers and architects to develop Design In or Biomass Ready practices to prepare facilities for a biomass-energy future.
Colorado State Forest Service
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The Idaho Statewide Wood to Energy Team (ID-SWET) is a network of stakeholders comprised of state, federal, and private entities that promote the use of wood to energy applications in Idaho. The ID-SWET takes a collaborative approach in facilitating sustainable biomass utilization which supports forest health restoration, expands economic opportunities, and encourages greater energy independence. The ID-SWET provides education, technical expertise, and project assistance with wood to energy projects throughout Idaho.
Idaho Governor’s Office of Energy Resources
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The Montana Wood Energy Team employs a strong collaborative approach to developing wood energy projects that will result in new installations, improved social acceptance of wood energy and increased interest in installations across a broad spectrum of sectors and scales. Core team members include the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, USDA Forest Service, USDA Rural Development, Montana State University Extension Forestry BioEnergy Program, National Center for Appropriate Technology, McKinstry Essention, and CTA Architects Engineers.
Montana State University Extension Forestry
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The Oregon statewide Wood Energy Team is a public-private partnership to advance small-scale biomass energy in the key geographies across the state. The team is comprised of experts from state agencies, non-profits, academia, and the private sector who have pooled their skills and resources in hopes of creating significant market impact. Specifically, the Oregon team aims to build robust markets for the by-products of forest health, hazardous fuels reduction, and active forest management. By helping to create value for the low-value residuals from forest management activities, public and private forestland managers will be able to effectively expand the pace and scale of forest restoration, which is key to reducing the risk of extreme wildfire.
Oregon Department of Forestry
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The Washington Statewide Wood Energy Team is a collaborative effort of state, federal, and local government agencies, businesses, and non-profits to expand the use of clean, renewable wood energy, and simultaneously improve the health of our forests. The team is developing wood energy projects that provide heat and power to schools, hospitals, commercial buildings, and industrial facilities by utilizing woody biomass residuals from forest restoration activities in Washington State. To advance this effort, the Washington SWET is working with partners to assist wood energy projects in various stages of development by providing technical, financial, and outreach assistance to facilities and community members. The team is also developing feasibility studies to determine which projects are the best candidate for conversion from fossil fuel heat and/or power to wood energy. Washington SWET members include the US Forest Service, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Washington State Department of Commerce, Washington State University, and Sustainable Northwest. The team is funded with generous support from the US Forest Service.
Washington State Department of Natural Resources