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SALEM — The Oregon Department of Energy will accept grant applications under a cooperative Wood Energy Cluster initiative through Jan. 25, 2013.
The initiative is a joint effort of the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Sustainable Northwest, Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon Department of Energy. Funding is available to prepare applicants for successful, local wood-to-energy projects. Projects such as feasibility studies, financial modeling and other development activities may be eligible for grants of up to $50,000. A total of $168,000 is available on a competitive basis.
Governor Kitzhaber released his 10-Year Energy Action Plan last week. The plan stresses the value of developing local resources, including wood-based energy, to create Oregon jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy and improve forest health. The wood energy cluster initiative is an example of how the state can meld natural resource needs, local job creation and clean energy priorities. Wood energy clusters can spur investment while developing home-grown renewable energy sources.
“Innovative funding partnerships like this provide benefits for rural communities, improve the health of our forests and develop home-grown renewable energy sources,” said Lisa Schwartz, ODOE director.
Application instructions and materials are on the ODOE website at http://www.oregon.gov/energy/RENEW/Biomass/Pages/Wood-Energy-Cluster-Pilot-Project.aspx.
About the Oregon Department of Energy: The Oregon Department of Energy provides tax credits, grants, loans, technical assistance and energy information for home owners, businesses, manufacturers, farms, ranches, schools and governments.