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Energy Authority Pegs $20 Million to Build 14 Biomass Boilers

Published On: Mar 20 2014 06:00:00 AM AKDT
Biomass like wood chips are used to power biomass boilers

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Biomass like wood chips are used to power biomass boilers

JUNEAU -

The Alaska Energy Authority will be building 14 biomass boiler projects this year, and six of those projects will be sharing $20 million from the state's Renewable Energy Fund.
    
The Juneau Empire reports the six projects are located in Galena, Kake, Ketchikan, Haines, Minto, and Yakutat.
    
Eight more boilers make up a second tier of the organization's to-do list.
    
Biomass boilers are built to heat one or more buildings. They can be stoked with cord wood, wood chips or wood pellets and have become popular with the rise of heating oil prices.
    
Pellets are usually from compressed wood scraps, a potential secondary product from Southeast Alaska's sawmills.
    
In 2010, Sealaska Corp. installed the state's first large-scale pellet boiler at its Juneau headquarters.