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Western Washington Wood Energy and Forest Biomass Workshop

Posted by Renee Magyar on September 2, 2016

December 8, 2016 - WSU Research and Extension Center, Mount Vernon, Washington

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Photo by Jeff Dunn

In December 2016, Sustainable Northwest, 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 Mt Vernon, Washington.

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.

The event featured 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. Below are the featured presentations from the workshop.

Biomass Opportunities in Washington State ~ Chuck Hersey, Washington Department of Natural Resources

Project Development ~ Meagan Nuss, Wisewood Energy

Project Financing ~ Brad Hunter, Craft3

Biomass Technology Options ~ Meagan Nuss, Wisewood Energy

Harney County Case Study ~ Meagan Nuss, Wisewood Energy

Project Financing ~ Chuck Hersey, Washington Department of Natural Resources and Peter Moultan, Washington Department of Commerce

Washington Woodland Cooperative Case Study ~ Terrence Meyer, Washington Woodland Cooperative

Air Regulations and Permitting ~ Dan Mahar, Northwest Clean Air Agency

Thank you to our organizational sponsors!
Cambia Health Solutions
Geffen Mesher & Company, P.C.
Oregon State University College of Forestry