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DOE, USDA, and Interior Department to Promote Woody Biomass for Energy
DOE, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) will all work together to encourage the use of woody biomass products as a source of energy, the agencies announced on June 19th. Secretaries Abraham, Veneman, and Norton signed a memorandum of understanding that establishes consistent policies and procedures across the three agencies to support the use of woody byproducts from forest thinning and other land management practices. The agencies agreed to explore opportunities to create a reliable, sustainable supply of woody biomass and to encourage the formation of stable markets for converting that biomass supply into energy. The agencies will also support Indian Tribes that wish to make use of their woody biomass resources. See the DOI press release.
Meanwhile, farmers interested in adding renewable energy systems or making energy efficiency improvements have until June 27th to apply for a piece of the $23 million in funds available through the USDA. The agency extended the application deadline in May. See the USDA press release.