Statewide Wood Energy Teams Cooperative Agreements were started in 2013 in an effort to increase the knowledge and use of woody biomass for energy. Specific goals of the program include:
- Promote commercially proven wood energy systems that use woody biomass from National Forest System lands.
- Expand markets that convert woody biomass into energy to support wildfire mitigation, forest restoration, and other forest management goals. Market expansion may include the development of a woody biomass fuel supply, such as fuel pellets and other modified wood fuel products.
- Develop a systematic approach to installing wood energy systems that will support clusters of projects or larger projects that improve the viability of businesses that harvest, process, and deliver wood fuels.
- Support the development or expansion of statewide wood energy teams that provide technical, financial, and environmental information required for developing wood energy projects to reduce the use of fossil fuels, including, but not limited to:
- Prefeasibility and preliminary engineering assessments.
- Education and outreach to support the installation of commercially available wood energy systems in the public and private sectors.
- Innovative approaches to managing and financing wood energy project development.