Diana Enright, 503-378-8278
Cliff Voliva, 503-378-3637
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SALEM – The Oregon Department of Energy and the U.S. Forest Service recently awarded six grants to communities east of the Cascades to help spur the development of small wood energy projects.
The grants – totaling $168,000 – are part of the Wood Energy Cluster Pilot Project launched last year. The grants are for feasibility studies, financial analysis and other project development activities.
The grant recipients include:
1. Oregon Military Department, $50,000
To conduct a biomass district heating feasibility study for the Umatilla Training Center.
2. Harney Community Energy, $47,700
The grant will fund a feasibility study and assessments of facilities in Burns that could be served by a thermal energy service company.
3. Mt. Bachelor Resort, $30,000
To conduct a technical and economic analysis for a central biomass heating system, or a combined heat and power system, for up to 150,000 square feet of existing and planned building space.
4. Grant County Wood Energy Cluster, $16,000
To complete feasibility studies of Humbolt and Seneca elementary schools, Grant County Courthouse Sherriff’s office and jail. This will add to the existing wood energy cluster in the area and provide additional markets for locally produced wood pellets from forest restoration.
5. Sisters Airport, $15,000
To conduct a feasibility study and engineering analysis for installing a biomass boiler in a new building at the Sisters Airport.
6. Wallowa Resources Community Solutions, $9,300
To complete a feasibility study for a biomass district energy project at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds, including the Wallowa County/Oregon State University extension office, Head Start, Community Connection of Northeast Oregon, Safe Harbors and the Wallowa County Public Health Department.
These six projects were selected to help develop Oregon’s renewable bioenergy industry and complement forest restoration activities. An example of this type of project is in John Day, where Blue Mountain Hospital converted its boilers last year from petroleum to local biomass.
This pilot project is a joint effort of Sustainable Northwest, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon Department of Energy.
More information about the project is 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.