Bioenergy Day a big hit

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What a fantastic day, celebrating the Second Annual National Bioenergy Day in McBain last week.

The event in McBain was one of 40 events in 24 states and Canada designed to raise awareness about bioenergy.

“Bioenergy contributes a great deal to our local economy and helps keep forests and the forest industry around here more resilient,” said Thomas Vine, plant manager, Viking Energy. “We employ local residents and generate clean energy from materials that would otherwise be discarded. We wanted to give people an opportunity to see what we do firsthand and learn more about bioenergy. We are so grateful for the turnout.”

In Michigan in 2012, approximately 68% of all renewable energy produced was from wood (EIA, 2012) – more than wind and solar combined and second only to hydroelectric energy.

“We are grateful to our sponsors and partners for their dedication to raising awareness about the role of bioenergy in communities across the nation,” said Gary Melow, Director of Michigan Biomass, a coalition of the state’s wood-fired power plants. “Today, all across the country, people are learning about bioenergy and how it helps local economies and forests.”

Michigan National Bioenergy Day event sponsors include Michigan Biomass, the Michigan Association of Timbermen, the Michigan Forest Products Council, the Wexford and Missaukee Conservation Districts, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, Biewer Lumber, Hydrolake, Viking Energy, AIS Equipment and Lutke Forest Products.

Learn more about bioenergy at www.bioenergyday.org.

Biomass open house Oct. 22 in McBain


National Bioenergy Day open house, Wed., Oct. 22

Join Michigan Biomass and its partners in celebrating the Second Annual National Bioenergy Day with a public open house at Viking Energy in McBain, Wed., Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will include free hotdogs and chips, plant tours, a display of fire-fighting equipment, interpretive displays on wildlife and habitat, and information for forest owners.

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The event is one of dozens nationwide intended to showcase heat and electricity produced from biomass resources, and highlight its many benefits: forest health, reduced risk of catastrophic wildfire, habitat development, and local jobs and economies.

Event partners are the Michigan Association of Timbermen, Michigan Forest Products Council, the Wexford and Missaukee county Conservation Districts, AIS Equipment, Hydrolake, Inc., Biewer Lumber, Viking Energy of McBain, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service.

For more information, call Michigan Biomass at 989-763-0672, or e-mail at gary.melow@michiganbiomass.com.

Visit www.bioenergyday.com to learn more about the this nationwide event, and bioenergy.