Two Southeast communities, one organization receive wood energy awards

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Two communities and one organization in Southeast have received Wood Innovations and Community Wood Energy grant awards.

    Wood Innovations and Community Wood Energy grant awards from the USDA will allow six Alaska-based organizations to further the development of wood energy to help with sustainable heat and wood product processing projects.  

    The awardees and projects are Southeast Conference, for its containerized pellet mill pilot project, Tenakee Springs for Corner Bay biomass processing, Icy Strait for the forest-to-furniture sawmill capacity project, Alaska Energy Authority's biomass heat system training and audit program, Ionia, Inc., for expansion of sustainable firewood processing for heat, and the City of Nenana for a community-wide biomass heat system.

    “From the state’s first small-scale pellet mill to our first community-wide heating system that produces biochar, I continue to be impressed with the creativeness of our communities,” said Dave Schmid, regional forester for the Forest Service’s Alaska Region. “I am eager to see the positive impact these projects make as they begin implementation.”

    Wood Innovations grants are awarded annually and aim to help increase the use of local wood products while working toward creating sustainable energy solutions for communities.


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