Success Stories

Biomass Energy Resource Center Case Studies

With funding from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and the United States Department of Energy, the Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC) has developed a series of case studies illustrating the development and operational experiences of various community-scale facilities that employ biomass systems.

MN Power's use of biomass featured in the NY Times. MN Power was recently featured in the NY Times for their leading strategy of co-firing wood with coal to reduce carbon emissions. To check out the full article and see how MN Power is doing their part to reduce GHG emissions.


What do Len Busch Roses, Deep Portage Learning Center, Hedstrom Lumber, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, and Birch Grove Community Center have in common? They're all using forms of woody biomass to provide energy in place of natural gas or propane oil. Additionally, by increasing demand for woody biomass, these facilities are encouraging sustainable biomass harvest as a tool for forest management. To learn more about these success stories, visit Dovetail.

Linking habitat restoration to bioenergy

image: Indian Mounds Park Hatchery Before and AfterRecognizing the need for habitat restoration and alternative energy sources, the 2007 Minnesota Legislature provided $500,000 to the DNR Division of Ecological Resources to "prepare, authorize and implement habitat restoration plans on public and private properties" while providing roadside access to woody biomass for use by local bioenergy facilities. Additionally, a $600,000 appropriation from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund through the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) ? is connecting restoration with emerging markets. To date 15 restoration projects have been completed and close to 300 acres of ecologically inappropriate vegetation managed through the initiative. View report to the 2011 Legislature.