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Community Biomass Handbook Guides Businesses Seeking to Replace Fossil Fuels with Wood Energy

Photo of Screen shot of the wood energy fiancial application. USDA Forest ServiceScreen shot of the wood energy fiancial application. USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : Available as an eBook, this biomass handbook containes a wood energy financial application that allows users to quickly assess whether wood energy is a feasible option for their community or small business.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Lowell, Eini C. 
Research Location : National
Research Station : Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNW)
Year : 2014
Highlight ID : 667

Summary

The Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station released an eBook containing a wood energy financial application that allows users to quickly assess whether wood energy is a feasible option for their community or small business. Accompanying the application is a Community Biomass Handbook that provides background information and case studies, answers to project development questions, and a checklist of possible products and investment considerations. For iPad and Mac users, this interactive handbook is available for free download at the iTunes bookstore. A PDF version of the handbook and a Web-based version of the financial application are also available. The Forest Service is promoting the development of wood energy projects that create new jobs and help save energy while improving forest health. With the increasing interest in alternatives to fossil fuels and the availability of grants and loans for wood energy projects, small businesses, non-profits, tribes, and state and local agencies are trying to figure out whether they could bring wood energy to their town.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

 
  • Bihn Systems
  • The Beck Group
  • University of Minnesota