A collaborative effort to develop biomass clusters that complement forest restoration activities in Washington State.
About the Washington Statewide Wood Energy Team (SWET)
This project 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 national 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.
Workshops and other learning opportunities will be held throughout the year. Visit the events listing page for more information.
Learn more about the benefits of biomass energy, and discover opportunities to expand the use of clean, renewable wood energy.
Community Biomass Handbook: Want to know what biomass could mean for you? Looking to learn the basics? Want to know how to make a project idea a reality? This is a great place to start with information and ideas from beginners to experts.
Biomass Thermal Energy Council: The Biomass Thermal Energy Council offers a wide variety of resources and materials to provide education and information on the sustainable use of biomass for heat and energy.
Biomass Energy Resource Center: The Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC) works to advance the use of community-scale biomass energy throughout North America and beyond by providing technical consulting services, biomass energy program design and delivery, and education and outreach on best practices.