The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding $80 million in grants to consortiums led by Washington state’s two largest universities to research the conversion of Pacific Northwest wood and forest residues into biofuels.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced five major agricultural research projects today aimed at developing regional, renewable energy markets, generating rural jobs, and decreasing America’s dependence on foreign oil. Altogether, the five-year program will deliver more than $136 million in research and development grants to public and private sector partners in 22 states.
Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) today announced that it is a participant in the portion of the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance consortium led by Washington State University to study the feasibility of producing jet biofuel from woody feedstocks in the Pacific Northwest.
Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO), a leading renewable chemicals and advanced biofuels company, received a $5 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the development of biojet fuel from woody biomass and forest product residues. The award is a portion of a $40 million grant presented to the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA), a consortium led by Washington State University (WSU).
28 September 2011 – GreenWood Resources Press Release
GreenWood Resources (GWR), a worldwide leader in hybrid poplar management for multiple wood markets and environmental services headquartered in Portland, announced today that it is taking part in two $40 million grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the development of hybrid poplar bio- energy crops for the region’s renewable transportation fuels industry. In the first of the two awards, GWR will participate in a consortium led by the University …more
Washington state universities will receive big chunks of $80 million in federal Department of Agriculture grants to develop aviation biofuels, as will be announced by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at Sea-Tac International Airport Wednesday.
Washington State University will receive a five-year, $40 million grant to help develop alternatives to petroleum-based fuels and chemicals. The award was announced Sept. 28 by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
The University of Washington and Washington State University are leads for two separate grants of $40 million each that will use Pacific Northwest woody biomass to expand what’s been a Midwest-centric biofuels industry into Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana and northern California.