USDA partners with industry to promote wood energy

By Staff | December 26, 2013

In September, the USDA announced a partnership agreement with the Alliance for Green Heat, the Biomass Power Association, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council and the Pellet Fuels Institute. The partnership aims to expand the use of wood energy and improve the health and safety of our nation’s forests. 

"This MOU (memorandum of understanding) shows a significant commitment by the USDA and the biomass industry to work together to expand use of wood energy in our country," said Scott Jacobs, president of PFI.  "I know I speak for all of our membership when I say that we are thrilled to be working in a more deliberate partnership with USDA and our colleagues within the biomass industry.”

As part of its announcement, the USDA also awarded more than $1.1 million in grants to five organizations to form statewide teams that will stimulate development of wood energy projects. Grant recipients include Idaho Governor’s Office of Energy Resources; the Watershed Research and Training Center in Hayfork, Calif.; the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; the North Country Resource Conservation & Development Council in Gilford, N.H.; and the Alaska Energy Authority.