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Western Washington Wood Energy and Forest Biomass Workshop

Posted by Renee Magyar on March 2, 2016

May 18, 2016 - Historic Train Depot, Centralia, WA

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On May 18, 2016, Sustainable Northwest along with the U.S. Forest Service, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Department of Commerce and Washington State University, hosted the Western Washington Wood Energy and Forest Biomass Workshop in Centralia, Washington. This workshop was part of the Washington Statewide Wood Energy Team project, a collaborative agency, business, tribal, and non-profit effort to develop biomass clusters that complement forest restoration activities in Washington.

The event included networking opportunities with local champions and experts from across the region, and wide-ranging presentations covering best practices for utilizing biomass utilization as a way to lower heating costs, enhance forest health, and improve rural economies. Attendees included developers and funders, community members, state and federal agency staff, fuel suppliers, existing and prospective facility managers, and more.

Participants learned how successful biomass energy systems are designed and managed, opportunities and funding for emerging new wood products markets and technologies, and financial resources that can help build future projects in Washington.

Conference Presentations

Washington Forest Health and Biomass Utilization ~ Chuck Hersey, Washington Department of Natural Resources

Bioenergy Project Development ~ Meagan Nuss, Wisewood

Bioenergy Project Feasibility ~ Brad Hunter, Craft3

Bioenergy Technology Options ~ Andrew Haden, Wisewood

Case Study: Forks Middle and High School Boiler ~ Bill Henderson and Diana Reaume, Quillayute Valley School District

Project Funding and Support ~ Peter Moulton, Washington Department of Commerce

Emissions and Permitting ~ John St. Clair, Southwest Clean Air Agency

Biochar Manufacture and Market Development ~ Mahesh Talwar, The Karr Group

Emerging Industry Efforts ~ Craig Rawlings, Forest Biomass Network, and Jim Dooley, Forest Concepts LLC

This workshop is part of the Washington Statewide Wood Energy Team project, a collaborative agency, business, tribal, and non-profit effort to develop biomass clusters that complement forest restoration activities in Washington. Completed projects can provide heat and power to schools, hospitals, commercial buildings, and industrial facilities.