U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden talks about the partnership agreement and five new grants for private, state and federal organizations that will work together to stimulate the development of additional wood energy projects in their states, during the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) announcement and signing at the USDA Headquarters, in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, September 11, 2013. Collectively, $2.9 million will be spent o this effort -- $1.1 million on federal funds and $1.8 million in non-federal funds.
The partnership agreement focuses on promoting wood energy nationwide as a means to address fire risks, bolster rural economic development, improve air quality, and help meet the Obama Administrationâs renewable energy and energy efficiency goals. These organizations support the use of wood energy across the scale of users â from residential users, to commercial and intuitional facilities, to industrial production of heat and or electricity to drive businesses and feed the electrical grid.
Signing the MOU are Biomass Thermal Energy Council, Executive Director Joseph Seymour; Alliance for Green Heat, President John Ackerly, USDA Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden; Pellet Fuels Institute Executive, Director Jennifer Hedrick; Biomass Power Association, President and CEO Bob Cleaves. For more information on the cooperative agreement program, visit na.fs.fed.us.werc/wood-energy/ USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
May 5, 2014
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