Biomass Energy Program
The Biomass Energy Program has promoted wood waste as an alternative biomass energy source for over two decades. Wood-industry participants have been able to reduce production costs by using waste in the form of wood chips, sawdust, and bark in new and/or converted wood-fired combustion systems. The steam or hot air produced from combustion is often used in dry kilns or in electric power generation. As a result, millions of dollars are saved annually, not only in avoided energy costs, but also in costs associated with waste disposal.
The Biomass Energy Program is available to assist wood-industry and non-wood industry businesses alike with installing biomass energy systems. The program provides up to $75,000 in interest subsidy payments on loans to install approved biomass projects. Eligible applicants include industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities, as well as agricultural property owners and city, county, and state entities. Landfill gas (LFG) projects are also eligible for funding consideration. The Energy Division is a member of the EPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP). For more information on landfill gas and the LMOP visit www.epa.gov/lmop.