Community Biomass Handbook for Alaska Published
With little access to natural gas, many rural Alaskans depend on fuel oil to meet their heating needs. Alaska is the highest per-capita consumer of petroleum in the country, which makes Alaskans particularly vulnerable to consistently high oil prices, price spikes, and delivery interruptions. Using forest biomass for heating is a proven way to meet the thermal energy demands of communities and businesses, while also creating jobs, building infrastructure, and retaining wealth in Alaska rural communities. It also provides a financial means to utilize the byproducts of forest health restoration and wildfire risk reduction treatments throughout the state. This has national significance. It directly responds to goals of reducing reliance on nonrenewable fossil fuel, diversification of energy portfolios, and addresses the USDA goal of advancing installation of commercially viable wood energy systems.
Community Biomass Handbook Volume 2: Alaska, Where Woody Biomass Can Work and the interactive companion handbook provides Alaska communities with the opportunity to quickly assess energy options that can help them save time and resources and allow them to make investments in appropriate technologies.
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Forest Service Partners