Wisewood Energy has been working with Harney County School District No. 3 and Harney County since 2012 to develop a district energy system that will deliver heat to multiple key community facilities using woody biomass sourced from the surrounding region. The project showcases the first community-scaled biomass boiler in the United States that is designed specifically to use hog fuel, a coarse woody material generated as a byproduct directly from forest restoration and management activities.
In 2014 it was brought to the District’s attention that perhaps the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act funds could be used to upgrade the Center’s infrastructure. In partnership with Clearwater County Economic Development and Wisewood, a biomass energy design-build firm based out of Portland, the District began investigating the potential.
Not long ago, the Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day was consuming over 32,000 gallons of costly heating oil each year. Off the beaten path 150 miles east of Bend, the rural community didn't have the option to use cheaper sources of fuel such as natural gas. That is, until recently.
The new biomass wood pellet system also is whisper quiet, environmentally friendly and, officials said, will save the Ketchikan Gateway Borough money in the long term.
A grant from the U.S Department of Agriculture could enable planners at Oregon State University – Cascades to move closer to achieving net zero energy usage across the future campus by studying the potential of integrating a woody biomass thermal energy system and campus-wide biomass district energy to provide heat to campus buildings.
Today, Bruce Daucsavage has more wood fiber than he knows what to do with. But, it was only a couple of years ago that after running out of timber supply from the nearby national forest for the third time in the past decade, Daucsavage, president of Malheur Lumber Co., decided to close the last sawmill in Grant County located in John Day, Ore.
Ketchikan International Airport is just a few weeks away from switching its heat source to a high-efficiency biomass boiler system.
A Yakima nonprofit that employs the disabled will receive nearly $100,000 in grant money to design a biomass boiler, and both forest managers and local employers stand to benefit. The federal money will help cover the design and engineering of the boiler, a process that is estimated to take about three months.
A Yakima company has received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund the initial stage of a boiler that will turn wood waste into energy. Like many companies, they're always looking for ways to cut down on costs. The grant money will go towards funding the first phase of their new biomass boiler.
The Oregon Department of Forestry announced funding for four proposals to use woody biomass from northeast Oregon forests to heat area schools and government buildings.