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Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovations Program

Community Wood Energy and Wood innovations Program

In rural communities across the country, people lack access to local renewable heating fuel. Importing those fossil fuels can be expensive and impede energy independence, resilience and security. That’s why BTEC and the Forests in the Farm Bill Coalition gained authorization for the Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovations Program (Community Wood) in the 2018 Farm Bill.

Community Wood is a bold solution to Rural America’s renewable heating needs. It provides grants of up to $1 million for wood energy and forest products projects across the country! BTEC has successfully lobbied Congress to appropriate Community Wood for up to $5 million in 2020 and 2021. The US Forest Service administers grants under the Community Wood Program, making a difference in Communities all across America!

Project Description Location Year
Icy Straits Lumber and Milling, Inc. Establish climate-controlled working space to manufacture wood products. Hoonah, AK FY20
Native Village of Kluti-Kaah Heat four tribal community buildings with one central system. Copper Center, AK FY20
Limington Lumber Generate electricity in addition to heat for sawmill operations. East Baldwin, ME FY20
City of Middle River Community Center  Heat 45,000 square-foot community center. Middle River, MN FY20
Iron Triangle, LLC Produce process heat for forest products manufacturing operations in two locations. John Day and Seneca, OR FY20
Vaagen Timbers, LLC Generate process heat to dry lumber for cross-laminated timber. Coleville, WA FY20
Washington State Department of Corrections Establish district heating and hot water supply for 103,000 square-foot prison. Olympia, WA FY20
DCI Furniture, Inc. Install new wood boiler to generate space heat, process heat, and electricity at vertically integrated furniture plant. (energy) Lisbon, NH FY21
Jackson Paper Manufacturing Company Rebuild 39-year-old wood boiler that uses over 80,000 tons of low value wood per year from 35 forest products businesses. (energy) Sylva, NC FY21
Golden West Pine Mills, LLC Upgrade existing sawmill to add innovative secondary manufacturing process for low-value logs. (wood products) Ault, CO FY21
Biogas Energy, Inc Install a bio-oil boiler to use forest-based bio-oil at an industrial facility. (energy) Sebastopol, CA FY21
Arizona Log & TimberWorks, LLC Integrate a biochar plant, firewood kiln, and pole peeler into the production process at a forest products facility. (energy) Eager, AZ FY21
City of Nenana Establish sawmill in a small community to manufacture housing structures with high insulating value. (wood products) Nenana, AK FY21

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