PA Selected for Wood Energy Team

A U.S. Forest Service Grant will help develop Sustainable Wood Energy in the Keystone State. View the original article >>

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Pennsylvania’s wood energy future is looking brighter, thanks to a recent grant award by the United States Forest Service.

Awarded as part of the Wood Innovations Grant Program, funds will be used to provide technical and project development support to businesses and institutions that would like to switch to wood-based energy for their facilities. åÊMany schools, hospitals, and businesses in Pennsylvania already use renewable wood-based fuel in high efficiency, low emissions systems, but a great deal of potential remains for us to save on cost, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and support the local forests and rural economy by using wood heat.

One aspect of the project will be to educate people on how to manage forests for energy in a way that helps improve forest health and productivity, which is a key goal of the effort.

The team will be led by Penn State Extension in partnership with the PA Biomass Energy Association, and with support from many local forest and energy groups, including the Northern Tier Hardwoods Association, USDA NRCS, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, the Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group, the State Game Commission, and the Allegheny National Forest. åÊSupport for the project also included manufacturers of wood heating systems, current users of wood heat, and state representative Kathy Rapp, whose district includes portions of the Allegheny National Forest.

For more information on the state wood energy team, including times and locations of upcoming meetings, contact Ed Johnstonbaugh atåÊexj11@psu.edu.

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