Country:United States
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2003
Policy Type:Information and Education>Information provision, Voluntary Approaches, Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Grants and subsidies
Policy Target:Multiple RE Sources, Multiple RE Sources>Power, Multiple RE Sources>Heating, Bioenergy>Co-firing with fossil fuels
Policy Sector:Electricity, Heating and Cooling, Multi-sectoral Policy, Transport
Agency:U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Legal References:P.L. 110-246, Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008; Rural Revitalization Technologies; and the DOI, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriation Act, 2012
Funding:USD 5 million for FY12

Woody Biomass Utilization (WBU) is a Federal strategy that promotes and guides the removal of woody biomass from agency and partner lands. Policy principles include spreading the consideration of woody biomass utilization strategies, its effectiveness for restoration and fuels treatment projects, and encouraging the sustainable development and stabilization of woody biomass utilization markets. Such use can reduce smoke and GHG emissions by up to 97% compared to open burning. Use as a bio-based product (timber, engineered lumber, paper and pulp, furniture, plastics, etc.) may also sequester carbon. The WBU Grant Program provides funding for engineering services necessary for final design and cost analysis of bioenergy facilities. These facilities must use commercially proven technologies to process woody biomass and produce thermal, electrical, or liquid/gaseous bioenergy. Examples of projects include engineering design of a) woody biomass boiler for steam at a sawmill, hospital, or school; b) non-pressurized hot water system for various applications; or c) biomass power generation facility.

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