DOE funds community-scale biomass heating project in Alaska

By Erin Voegele | June 23, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs has announced it is awarding $7.8 million to support 13 tribal energy projects, including one community-scale biomass project in Alaska.

According to the DOE, it is awarding $383,167 to the Huslia Tribal Council in Huslia, Alaska, to aid a community-scale biomass project that will provide heat for up to 60 percent of the community’s buildings. The proposed cost share for the project is $404,951.

The biomass project is expected to create up to 12 part-time jobs and save $57,000 in heating costs annually. The DOE also noted the project is expected to contribute to meeting the Huslia Tribal Council’s renewable portfolio standard of achieving 25 percent diesel displacement in community facilities by 2025.

Addition information on the awards is available on the DOE website