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.

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.

Is Your Community Interested in Wood Energy?

Several decision-support tools for facility managers, communities and renewable energy advocates have been developed to aid in a communities decision to switch to wood for their energy needs.

Take some time to explore our online tools. For any assistance with using these tools, be sure to contact your Colorado Wood Energy Team!

CoWood Wood to Energy Projects and Programs

Colorado Wood Energy Team (CWET)

A cooperative agreement between the US Forest Service and Colorado State Forest Service allows CWET to advance the installation of commercially viable wood energy systems that utilize woody biomass from the National Forest system and other land ownership along with feedstocks from Colorado’s wood products manufacturers. Communities and facility managers in Colorado who are interested in reducing their energy costs and contributing to a greener, more energy efficient and independent state are encourages to contact CWET to arrange for their free site visit ad feasibility assessment.

Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies

The Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR) brings together scientists, educators, and extension specialists from universities and government agencies across the Rocky Mountain region to work with the industry and develop a comprehensive program addressing the major challenges limiting feedstock development, production, logistics and utilization of insect-killed trees for the production of biofuels and biochar.

Current Facilities in Colorado Using Wood Energy

LocationFacility Type
Boulder County 3.3 MMBtu/hr wood chip boiler
South Routt School District600,000 Btu/hr wood pellet boiler
National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden 9.9 MMBtu/hr wood chip boiler
Gilpin County3.3 MMBtu/hr wood chip boiler
Mountain Park Environmental CenterTwo manually fed 425,000 Btu/hr cordwood boilers
Colorado State University Foothills Campus1.5 MMBtu/hr wood chip boiler
Mountain Parks Electric1.1 MMBtu/hr wood pellet boiler
Jim Hubbard Fire Management Building150,000 Btu/hr wood pellet boiler
Gypsum, CO11.5 MW woody biomass Combined Heat & Power