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.
Wood to Energy Program
Using Woody Biomass for Energy
Across Colorado, many communities, governmental and educational facilities are choosing woody biomass as an energy source as it becomes an increasingly attractive renewable and carbon neutral resource. By making this choice, these communities and facilities are contributing directly to Colorado’s New Energy Economy, which creates jobs in our state, protects the environment, helps promote energy security and independence, and energy equity. Choosing wood energy also leads to healthier forests and stronger rural communities in Colorado as it helps offset the costs of keeping our forests green and creates jobs in our rural forest dependent communities. To learn more about Colorado communities that are using wood for energy, be sure to check out our Where Wood Works: Harnessing the Energy of Woody Biomass in Colorado publication.
Current Facilities in Colorado Using Wood Energy
|Boulder County||3.3 MMBtu/hr wood chip boiler|
|South Routt School District||600,000 Btu/hr wood pellet boiler|
|National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden||9.9 MMBtu/hr wood chip boiler|
|Gilpin County||3.3 MMBtu/hr wood chip boiler|
|Mountain Park Environmental Center||Two manually fed 425,000 Btu/hr cordwood boilers|
|Colorado State University Foothills Campus||1.5 MMBtu/hr wood chip boiler|
|Mountain Parks Electric||1.1 MMBtu/hr wood pellet boiler|
|Jim Hubbard Fire Management Building||150,000 Btu/hr wood pellet boiler|
|Gypsum, CO||11.5 MW woody biomass Combined Heat & Power|