Open Forum hourly 1 1970-01-01T00:00+00:00 RE: Biochar Production Unit <p class="plain"></p><div class="plain">Indonesia has many forests as a source of world timber.</div><p class="plain"></p> Jhony B 2018-09-19T21:21:20-07:00 RE: Biochar Production Unit Northern Idaho Biomass Workshop <p class="plain"></p><div align="center" class="plain"><u><span class="heading2"><font class="heading1">SAVE THE DATE!</font></span></u></div><div align="left" class="plain"><font class="plainlarge">You are invited to attend the Northern Idaho Biomass Energy Workshop at the University of Idaho on October 22, 2014.</font></div><div align="left" class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain"><b>Date/Time:</b>    Wednesday, October 22, 2014. 9:00am to 5:00pm.</div><div class="plain"><b>Location</b>:      The Whitewater Room – The Idaho Commons Building,<img width="100" align="left" src='//' style="margin: 15px 15px 15px 0px;float: left" height="68" border="0" size="150" daid="15634000"> </div><div class="plain">875 Line Street, Moscow, Idaho 83844  </div><div class="plain"><b>Registration:</b>   <a link="" target="_blank" href="" class="plain">FREE!</a> </div><div class="plain"><b>Meals:</b> Lunch will be on your own. Stop by the Food Court on the first floor of the Commons Building! </div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">Please join us and find out how successful biomass energy systems are designed, managed, and discuss opportunities for new projects in northern Idaho. Community members, developers, and experts from across the region will come together to promote biomass utilization as a way to lower heating costs, enhance forest health, and improve rural economies.</div><div class="plain">·        Discuss the existing and potential biomass projects in northern Idaho.</div><div class="plain">·        Find out what makes a viable project and how it becomes reality.</div><div class="plain">·        Discover innovative technologies that are right for your community.</div><div class="plain">·        Network with local champions and biomass experts.</div><div class="plain">·        Share stories about how biomass systems are making a difference across the state. <i> </i></div><div class="plain"><i><br></i></div><div class="plain"><b>Please register here</b>: <a link="" target="_blank" href="" class="plain">Registration Link</a><i> </i></div><div class="plain"><i><br></i></div><div class="plain"><i>For more information about the workshop, please contact:</i>·        </div><div class="plain">Matt Wiggs at the Idaho Office of Energy Resources <a link="" target="_blank" href="tel:%28208-332-1676" class="plain">(208-332-1676</a>; <a link="" target="_blank" href="" class="plain"></a>) </div><div class="plain"><br></div><div class="plain">For more information about the Idaho Statewide Wood-to-Energy Team, please visit:<a link="" target="_blank" href="" class="plain"></a></div><p class="plain"></p> IFRP 2014-10-10T07:21:03-07:00 Northern Idaho Biomass Workshop Biochar Production Unit <p class="plain"><img width="150" align="left" src='//' style="margin: 15px 15px 15px 0px;float: left" height="194" size="150" border="0" daid="14322706"><span style="">Amaron Energy’s pyrolysis unit will be demonstrated at the Summit County Harvest Fest on </span><span style="">Oct 5</span><span style=""> in Park City. Attached is a flier of that event. I have also attached a flier about the pyrolysis unit. Amaron Energy is securing funding to produce a commercial unit. There is a lot of interest in the production of biochar in the region. This is an opportunity to see the prototype unit in operation. The harvest Fest is free.</span></p><div class="plain"><span style=""><br></span></div><div class="plain"><a link="" target="_blank" href=",d.cGE" class="plain">Production unit description>></a></div><p class="plain"></p> IFRP 2013-09-16T14:15:24-07:00 Biochar Production Unit USDA Awards Funds to Promote Development of Rural Wood to Energy Projects <div style="" class="plain"><p style="" class="plain">WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2013 – 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.<u></u><u></u></p></div><div style="" class="plain"><p style="" class="plain">He also announced more than $1.1 million in grants are being awarded to five organizations to form state-wide teams that will stimulate development of wood energy projects.<u></u><u></u></p></div><div style="" class="plain"><p style="" class="plain">"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."<u></u><u></u></p></div><div style="" class="plain"><p style="" class="plain">Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden joined leaders from the Alliance for Green Heat, the Biomass Power Association, the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, and the Pellet Fuels Institute today in Washington for the announcement of the new partnership agreement.<u></u><u></u></p></div><div style="" class="plain"><p style="" class="plain">The partnership agreement focuses on promoting wood energy nationwide as a means to address fire risk, bolster rural economic development, improve air quality and help meet the Obama Administration's renewable energy and energy efficiency goals. These organizations support the use of wood energy across the scale of users – from residential users, to commercial and institutional facilities, to industrial production of heat and/or electricity to drive businesses and feed the electrical grid.<u></u><u></u></p></div><div style="" class="plain"><p style="" class="plain">Under the terms of the five grants announced today, private, state and federal organizations will work together to stimulate the development of additional wood energy projects in their states. Collectively, $2.9 million will be spent on this effort – $1.1 million in federal funds and $1.8 million in non-federal funds. Grant recipients are:<u></u><u></u></p></div><ul><li class="plain">Idaho Governor's Office of Energy Resources, Boise<u></u><u></u></li><li class="plain">The Watershed Research & Training Center, Hayfork, Calif.<u></u><u></u></li><li class="plain">Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Saint Paul<u></u><u></u></li><li class="plain">North Country Resource Conservation & Development Council, Gilford, N.H.<u></u><u></u></li><li class="plain">The Alaska Energy Authority, Anchorage<u></u><u></u></li></ul><div style="" class="plain"><p style="" class="plain">For more information on the cooperative agreement program, visit <a link="" target="_blank" href="" class="plain"></a>.<u></u><u></u></p></div><div style="" class="plain"><p style="" class="plain">The announcement supports President Obama's plan for rural America, which has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President's leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America's economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA's investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Secretary Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.<u></u><u></u></p></div><div style="" class="plain"><p style="" class="plain">#<u></u><u></u></p></div><div style="" class="plain"><p style="" class="plain">USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call <a link="" target="_blank" href="tel:%28866%29%20632-9992" class="plain">(866) 632-9992</a> (Toll-free Customer Service),<a link="" target="_blank" href="tel:%28800%29%20877-8339" class="plain">(800) 877-8339</a> (Local or Federal relay), <a link="" target="_blank" href="tel:%28866%29%20377-8642" class="plain">(866) 377-8642</a> (Relay voice users).</p></div> IFRP 2013-09-12T07:41:00-07:00 USDA Awards Funds to Promote Development of Rural Wood to Energy Projects Woody Biomass Emissions Study <p class="plain">Using a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ORCAA commissioned an in-depth analysis of air pollutant emissions from options for using or disposing of woody biomass generated in conjunction with forest management and land clearing operations in the Pacific Northwest. This project was completed by the <a link="" target="_blank" href="" class="plain">Seattle, WA office of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)</a> under direction of a technical advisory committee. Results from this project are available for downloading <a link="" target="_blank" href="" class="plain">from this webpage</a> and include a Final Report and an Emissions Calculator. ORCAA welcomes your comments on both the Final Report and Emissions Calculator and will use this input for future improvements and updates to both.</p> IFRP 2013-03-26T06:58:29-07:00 Woody Biomass Emissions Study Helping Communities Diversify Their Energy Sources <p class="plain">Across rural America, biomass like wood pellets and wood chips is helping communities diversify their energy sources, create jobs, and save money on utility bills. At the Forest Service, we are working to support biomass projects that help us manage wildfire threats, and <img width="250" align="right" src='//' style="margin: 15px 0px 15px 15px;float: right" height="167" border="0" daid="12556600" keep_prop="1">also serve as economic engines for rural communities. Last week, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced grants of $4 million for renewable wood energy projects that will provide 20 small businesses, tribes and community groups with the technical engineering and design services they need to explore installing wood heat and electricity projects.   <a link="" target="_blank" href="" class="plain">Read more>></a><br><br></p> IFRP 2012-08-04T06:31:35-07:00 Helping Communities Diversify Their Energy Sources Overview - Environmental Solutions for Communities <img width="150" align="left" src='//' style="margin: 15px 15px 15px 0px;float: left" height="149" border="0" daid="12334686" keep_prop="1"><p align="left" class="plain">Wells Fargo and the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation seek to promote sustainable communities through a new initiative, <i>Environmental Solutions for Communities,</i> designed to support projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. This five-year initiative is supported through a $15 million contribution from Wells Fargo that will be used to leverage other public and private investments with an expected total impact of over $37.5 million.</p><font class="plain"> </font><p align="left" class="plain">Collectively, investments under this initiative will promote a sustainable future for communities by:</p> <ul><li class="plain"> <br></li><li class="plain">Supporting sustainable agricultural practices and private lands stewardship; </li><li class="plain">Conserving critical land and water resources and improving local water quality; </li><li class="plain">Restoring and managing natural habitat, species and ecosystems that are important to community livelihoods; </li><li class="plain">Facilitating investments in green infrastructure, renewable energy and energy efficiency; and </li><li class="plain">Encouraging broad-based citizen participation in project implementation. </li></ul> <p align="left" class="plain">Under this five-year initiative, grants will be offered twice a year to support priority projects in states and communities where Wells Fargo operates (<a link="" target="_blank" href="" class="plain"></a>). Additional priorities and funding guidelines may be found within the program’s <a link="" target="_blank" href="" class="plain">Request for Proposals</a>. In addition, funding available under this new partnership will also be used to leverage resources associated with other NFWF funding opportunities.</p><br> IFRP 2012-06-20T09:41:34-07:00 Overview - Environmental Solutions for Communities Small Log and Woody Biomass Utilization References <p class="plain"><font class="heading1">References on Wood Utilization</font><br><br><a link="" target="_blank" href="" class="plain">Read more>></a><br></p> IFRP 2012-04-25T18:28:13-07:00 Small Log and Woody Biomass Utilization References Endowment Releases Report on Wood-to-Energy in the Northern Tier <p class="plain">“This meeting and the resulting report—<a link="" target="_blank" href="" class="plain">Wood-to-Energy Across the Northern Tier and Beyond:  Barriers and Solutions</a>—allowed a number of people in the wood-to-energy sector to meet and make connections for the first time.   More importantly, the rich discussion helped winnow a list of hundreds of needs  into the critical few things that must be addressed to advance this sector in a way that supports viable small businesses, grows jobs, and does so in ways that are in sync with sustainable management of the nation’s forests,” said Endowment President Carlton Owen. <br><br>Since its inception, the Endowment has released reports of convenings and discussions as one way to advance its commitment to share learnings widely so as to aid others with interest in topics under review. <br></p> IFRP 2012-03-08T00:03:07-08:00 Endowment Releases Report on Wood-to-Energy in the Northern Tier Utilization of Small Diameter and Standing Dead Trees <p class="plain"><font class="heading2">Suggestion for January Workshop Topic - Day 2</font><br><br>Dear IFRP,</p><div class="plain"><br> </div><div class="plain">I noticed a meeting in Boise Jan 31 - Feb 1.  Here is a <a link="" target="_blank" href="" class="plain">link to an overview our research</a>.  I would be happy to travel to Boise to speak on utilization of small diameter and standing dead stock for building product to instigate your discussion and spark debate on the matter.  This might be a bit controversial however as I argue that building product is a greater value use than biomass or fuel, but it would clearly spark discussion.<br><br>Also refer to a 2011 <a link="" target="_blank" href="" class="plain">BTES Conference Paper for background</a> (PDF).<br><br></div><div class="plain"> Ryan E. Smith, Associate Professor & Director  I TACCollege of Architecture + Planning, University of Utah<br><a link="" target="_blank" href="">Integrated Technology in Architecture Center</a></div><p class="plain"></p> IFRP 2011-10-01T09:48:15-07:00 Utilization of Small Diameter and Standing Dead Trees