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The Alaska Wood Energy Development Task Group (AWEDTG) consists of a coalition of federal and state agencies and not-for-profit organizations that have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore opportunities to increase the utilization of wood for energy and biofuels production in Alaska. These organizations include: the Alaska Energy Authority; Alaska Village Initiatives; Denali Commission; Juneau Economic Development Council; National Renewable Energy Laboratory; State of Alaska, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry; USDA Farm Service Agency, Alaska; USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Alaska; USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station; USDA Rural Development, Alaska; USDI Bureau of Indian Affairs, Alaska; USDI Bureau of Land Management, Alaska; USDOC Economic Development Administration, Alaska; The Nature Conservancy; Tanana Chiefs Conference; Southeast Conference; University of Alaska Fairbanks, Cooperative Extension Service; and USDA Forest Service, Alaska Region.
Alaska Energy Authority
Forests and woodlands across the state of Arizona are in need of market development opportunities to facilitate on-the-ground restoration activities. Arizona State Forestry and the USDA Forest Service are committed to advancing the installation of commercially viable wood energy systems in the public and private applications that use woody biomass generated from public lands and other land ownerships, in Arizona.
Arizona State Forestry Division
Through U.S. Forest Service funding, the California Statewide Wood Energy Team was established as a subgroup of the larger Biomass Working Group. Many team members have 20 to 30 years of community outreach, wood sourcing, wood energy systems, and financing experience. The SWET conducts wood energy outreach and educational activities, supports promising early stage wood energy projects through technical assistance and provides seed funding for feasibility assessments, and formalizes the future operation of the SWET and larger Biomass Working Group through an interagency MOU and financing mechanism. At least five thermal, power, or combined heat-and-power projects supported by these funds are expected to be in the testing phase or operational; another eight are expected to be under construction by the end of the 3-year Cooperative Agreement period.
The Watershed Research & Training Center
The Colorado Wood Energy Team (CWET) brings over 50 years of combined expertise in biomass utilization program delivery with the past 10 years of focus on biomass-energy technical assistance, education, and outreach. Our team includes expertise in biomass harvesting and harvesting economics, technology feasibilities and financing, supply planning, biomass utilization and energy policy, spatial analysis tools, and outreach. Under a cooperative agreement with the USDA Forest Service and the Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC), the CWET focus is on pre or initial technology, facility, and economic feasibly; providing communities and candidate facilities an initial go or no go decision. Further, the Team will design a spatial modeling decision support tool representing biomass fuel sources, producers, and current and potential users. Finally, recognizing that biomass may not be a good fit in today’s technology or economic climate, the CWET is engaged with technology providers, facility designers and architects to develop Design In or Biomass Ready practices to prepare facilities for a biomass-energy future.
Colorado State Forest Service