Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a partnership agreement to expand wood energy use, which will help improve the safety and health of our nation’s forests. The new partnership includes USDA, the Alliance for Green Heat, the Biomass Power Association, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, and the Pellet Fuels Institute.
Today’s announcements will help us find innovative ways to use leftover wood to create renewable energy and support good jobs in rural America,” Vilsack said. “Wood to Energy efforts are a part of our ‘all of the above’ energy strategy. Appropriately scaled wood energy facilities also support our efforts to remove hazardous fuels and reduce the risks of catastrophic wildfires.
BAC member, The Watershed Research & Training Center, in Hayfork, California, was one of only 5 grant recipients in the nation. Under the terms of the grants announced today, The Watershed Center will coordinate collaborative efforts of private, state and federal organizations to stimulate the development of wood energy projects in their states.