Where Wood Works: Wood to Energy Program

Wood derived from Colorado forests and used for energy application significantly contributes to our state's healthy forests, strong rural communities and clean energy economy.

Colorado's New Energy Economy: Woody Biomass

Woody biomass is an increasingly attractive renewable and carbon neutral energy source for many communities, governmental and educational facilities across Colorado.

CoWood staff have developed this site in partnership with the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University.

This page provides useful information, technical guidance, and promotional and educational materials that lead to the successful adoption and contributions of woody biomass to Colorado's New Energy Economy. The information is provided in partnership through a grant from the US Forest Service.

Decision-Support Tools for Facility Managers, Communities and Renewable Energy Advocates

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CoWood staff are pleased to announce a new partnership that provides advanced decision-support resources for stakeholders interested in adopting woody biomass as a heating or power source in existing or proposed new facilities.

There are plenty of applications where woody biomass can contribute to forest management efforts, energy and job creation objectives. Facility managers, communities and renewable energy advocates should be aware; however, that woody biomass may not always be a viable solution.

In partnership with our colleagues at the US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station and the University of Minnesota, we will complete a series of facility site visits, case study analyses and interviews to develop decision-support resources that lead to improved technology selection and use in facility energy applications.

For progress updates, please check this web page later, or contact the Colorado Wood Utilization and Marketing Program for more information.

Park County School District

In 2009, the Park County School District received a grant through the Department of Education to build a new school. Also supported by the grant was the installation of an energy efficient system using a renewable energy source to heat the newly constructed school.

D. Foss Smith Jr., co-chairman of the Facilities Review and Planning Committee, found that a chip-burning woody biomass system was the best choice for this facility.


Direct link to Foss interview
(You Tube video on left)