Idaho Statewide Wood Energy Team
Idaho was selected as one of six states nationally to implement a statewide wood to energy team, thanks to funding provided by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). The Idaho Statewide Wood Energy Team (SWET) is a cooperative effort between the USFS, the State of Idaho and Sustainable Northwest.
Although the members of the Idaho SWET project have been proactively pursuing wood to energy project development throughout Idaho for several years, the collaboration of a statewide team has been lacking. This program will facilitate sustainable biomass utilization, support forest health restoration and stewardship, expand economic opportunities and encourage greater energy independence. Examples include projects that can provide heat and power to schools, hospitals, commercial buildings and industrial facilities.
To have a clearer understanding of the state as a whole, the Idaho SWET will establish and overarching framework, gather data, educate the public about the benefits of bioenergy and coordinate with the regional clusters to identify the projects with the most likelihood of development and success for additional project development grants. These grants will provide the projects with the resources to help with evaluation, financial analysis and early stage development.
The University of Idaho's Moscow campus is heated by using the residues from local sawmills to produce steam, saving money for Idaho taxpayers.
Woody biomass being utilized to heat a rural Idaho school district, saving them thousands of dollars a month in heating expenses.