The Statewide Wood Energy Team (SWET), made up of public and private stakeholders, aims to expand markets that convert wood biomass into energy, advance installation of commercially viable wood energy systems in public and private facilities, and support wildfire mitigation, forest restoration, urban wood utilization and other forest management goals that utilize Wisconsin woody biomass. SWET will work closely with the US Forest Service (USFS) to enhance woody biomass education, outreach and project development in the state. The project will focus on utilizing materials from the Chequamegon-Nicolett National Forest, as well as urban waste wood, including wood impacted by Emerald Ash Borer.
The Wisconsin SWET goal is to implement 20-30 small scale wood energy projects and four large scale and/or cluster projects during the three-year project period from 2014-2017.
SWET will work to conduct significant outreach education and project feasibility assessments including:
- Train-the-Trainer Statewide Workshops
- Residential and Small Commercial Heating with Wood Workshops
- Large Commercial and Industrial Users Regional Workshops
- Marketing and Technical Assistance for the Wood Pellet Industry
- Wisconsin Wood Energy Website development
- DNR Woody Biomass Supplier and End User Database development
- Urban Woof, National Forest and Other Project and Wood Resource Lead Development
- Consultations with Large Users
- Cluster Project development
- Greenhouse Wood Energy development
- SWET Feasibility Study Grant Program
- Small project implementation
The ultimate goal is to create a sustainable model for increasing wood energy usage in Wisconsin.
Please email Maria Redmond at Maria.Redmond@wisconsin.gov and Jason Fischbach at Jason.Fischbach@ces.uwex.edu to be added to our mailing list.
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