Oregon's energy dept. issues rural-aimed grants

Oregon's biomass tax credit has provided economic activity in the lumber industry that was hard hit by a homebuilding slowdown.

Biomass projects landed the bulk of the latest Oregon Department of Energy wood energy cluster grants.

Oregon's energy department and the U.S. Forest Service have kicked six grants over to small wood energy project operators.Each of the six projects, which will share the Oregon Department of Energy's $168,000 in grants, are east of the Cascades.The grants are part of the Wood Energy Cluster Pilot Project that the state launched last year.The funded efforts are:

  • $50,000 to the Oregon Military Department for a biomass district heating feasibility study for the Umatilla Training Center.
  • $47,700 to Harney Community Energy for a feasibility and facilities study for a possible thermal energy service company in Burns.
  • $30,000 to the Mt. Bachelor Resort for a central biomass heating system technical and economic analysis.
  • $16,000 to the Grant County Wood Energy Cluster for energy improvement studies at two elementary schools and the county's jail.
  • $15,000 to the Sisters Airport to study the feasibility of installing a biomass boiler.
  • $9,300 to Wallowa Resources Community Solutions for a biomass district energy study.

The projects aim "to help develop Oregon’s renewable bioenergy industry and complement forest restoration activities."

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