Projects and Stories

Washington Statewide Wood Energy Team

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. 


For more information about this project, contact:

Dylan Kruse, Program Manager, Sustainable Northwest, (503) 221-6911 x115, 

Chuck Hersey, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, (360) 902-1045,



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.

What is a Biomass Cluster?: An overview presentation explaining what is a biomass cluster. Also see this graphic representation of a cluster. 

Powered by Oregon: Wood Biomass: The basics of wood based biofuels and project development.

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.

Washington State Forest Biomass Coordination Group


Case studies

Case Study: Northport School District’s New Wood Pellet Boiler Part of Pilot Project Supporting Bioenergy and Rural Economies. A carbon-neutral wood pellet boiler will soon provide heat for students and staff at a school in Northport, thanks to a bioenergy pilot project supported by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Washington State Department of Commerce, and the Washington State University Energy Program. 2019.

Case Study: Quillayute Valley School District Biomass Boiler: A story about the biomass boiler switch out project at the Forks Middle School and Forks High School in Forks, Washington. Produced in 2016.

Oregon Biomass Heat Case Studies: A showcase of five biomass heat projects that were installed in public facilities across the state of Oregon in 2010 and 2011.

Biomass Energy Resource Center: A library of case studies illustrating the development and operational experiences of various community-scale facilities that employ biomass systems.


Large University Wood Energy Systems

Norwich University

Hotchkiss School

University of Idaho

University of Missouri

Longwood University

Colgate University

University of Northern British Columbia

University of British Columbia