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Oregon Wood Energy Cluster Pilot Project
Oregon is implementing one of the nation’s first grants to support the Wood Energy Cluster Pilot Project, thanks to funding from the Oregon Department of Energy and the U.S. Forest Service.

This effort will help develop six clusters of energy projects that complement current forest restoration activities and help provide energy independence to natural resource-dependent communities. Examples include projects that can provide heat and power to schools, hospitals, commercial buildings and industrial facilities.

In late February of 2013, the project team identified six potential clusters in central and eastern Oregon (see list below) and offered development assistance grants. These grants will provide the projects with resources to help with evaluation, financial analysis and early stage development. The team is now working on providing technical assistance, outreach and documenting lessons learned.

Oregon Department of Energy is working closely with the partners and other stakeholders to establish a financing mechanism that will be needed as projects move from conception to implementation. 

 
 
 
 

The Oregon Wood Energy Cluster Pilot Project is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Department of Energy, Oregon Department of Forestry and Sustainable Northwest. We hope that the project can serve as a model for future wood energy efforts in Oregon and other states.

  • If you have questions about this project, please contact Matt Krumenauer at 503-378-6043 or matt.krumenauer@state.or.us
  • To sign up to receive Oregon Wood Energy Cluster Pilot Project e-mail updates, please go here.

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  1. Oregon Military Department, $50,000
    To conduct a biomass district heating feasibility study for the Umatilla Training Center. The study will provide the foundation for an energy master plan to guide decisions in the redevelopment of the former chemical weapons depot and identify potential renewable energy options.
  2. Harney Community Energy, $47,700
    To develop a new community-scale thermal energy service company that will provide biomass heat to institutions and businesses in Burns. The grant will fund a feasibility study of the business model and assessments of the facilities that could be served by the new 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, the Sherriff’s office and jail in Grant County. 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 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.