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Wood Energy Conference to meet in Ketchikan


September 17, 2012

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The 2012 Alaska Wood Energy Conference is scheduled for Oct. 9–10 and will be held at the Ted Ferry Civic Center in downtown Ketchikan. The conference will focus on community use of wood biomass.

Many communities in Alaska are turning to locally available woody biomass resources to reduce their energy costs and create economic opportunities for their residents. The 2012 Alaska Wood Energy Conference sessions will feature community leaders and decision-makers who will discuss their communities’ experiences after making the decision to include woody biomass as part of their energy services. Other sessions will include insights on converting to, operating and maintaining a woody biomass system; source and sustainability of forest resources; potential impacts of woody biomass utilization; and the latest technology and equipment.

Anticipated registration for the 2012 Alaska Wood Energy Conference is 200 individuals from across Alaska and neighboring countries to share information and provide training on important issues about biomass utilization in Alaska.

Registration is open for the 2012 Alaska Wood Energy Conference. An "early bird" registration of $150 is being offered. For an additional $25, there is a pre-conference field trip to the Ketchikan-based Tongass Forest Enterprises Pellet Plant.

An additional preconference tour to Prince of Wales biomass projects is being offered for participants of the Alaska Wood Energy Conference who are able to come to Ketchikan early. The Prince of Wales Island Biomass Tour is scheduled for Oct. 7-9. This tour has been organized and coordinated by the Shaan Seet Corporation in Craig, Alaska. Participants will need to contact Rebekah Schafer at 907-826-3251 or via e-mail at to register and sign up. This POW tour is not included in the Alaska Wood Energy Conference registration costs.

Sponsors include the UAF Cooperative Extension Service, Alaska Energy Authority and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power.



Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews



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