Biomass and Renewable Energy

Arizona Seeking Proposals for Wood-to-Energy Projects

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.

Alaska town switching from diesel heat to wood

Large-scale logging on the Yukon River started about a hundred years ago, when steamships burned a cord of wood per hour to power their engines. Village residents clear-cut wide swathes of forest along the river, but the logging tapered off when ships switched to diesel. These days, Alaskan villages like Galena are once again looking to the forest for an energy supply.

But this time around, a new generation of loggers is thinking more about sustainability in how – and why – they harvest trees from around their communities.

U.S. Biobased Products Industry Contributes $369 Billion to the Economy

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the release of a new report that shows the U.S. biobased industry is generating substantial economic activity and American jobs. He also announced changes under the 2014 Farm Bill that will create additional opportunities for growth in renewable plant-based materials, supporting the Obama Administration's efforts to develop a new, rural economy and promote creation of sustainable jobs.

Biomass Plant to Get Fuel from Fire-Damaged Forest

Hawaii has started cutting down trees on 300 acres of Kauai forest reserve that were scorched by wildfires in 2012 and sending the wood to be processed at a new biomass-to-energy plant.

Some 15,000 tons of eucalyptus and pine trees will be removed. Native and non-invasive species will be planted in their place.

The project aims to prevent flooding and erosion and limit damage caused by three blazes that burned about 4,000 acres in the Kokee area.

The state will use the $300,000 to $500,000 it gets from selling the logs to the Green Energy facility to plant trees.