National Bioenergy Day set for Oct. 19

By Anna Simet | October 13, 2016

The fourth annual National Bioenergy Day is set for Oct. 19, an event that aims to unite businesses, organizations, stakeholders and communities across the country that support bioenergy, as well as showcase its benefits and educate the public on how it works.

Dozens of events are scheduled across the U.S. and Canada, from California to Ontario to Maine. From the first year to the third year, National Bioenergy Day more than doubled in size, with 60 events held in 2015.

One goal of National Bioenergy Day is to increase awareness that in addition to serving as a major domestic energy source, bioenergy generates tens of thousands of jobs, many of them in rural communities, and industry stakeholders work together to keep American forests healthy, putting organic byproducts like forest trimmings, industry byproducts and agricultural residuals to good use.

Carrie Annand of the Biomass Power Association, event organizer, noted that all kinds of bioenergy are being represented this year, and include biomass power, pellet producers, pellet retailers, biogas producers and wood pellet exporters.

Some examples of events being held include a tour of biomass generation plant Koda Energy LLC in Shakopee, Minnesota; a tour of pellet plant Curran Renewable Energy in Massena, New York; an informational session at Iowa State University regarding degree, educational, club and career opportunities in bioenergy; and a half-day bioenergy seminar in Toronto, Ontario, hosted by the Toronto Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

To access a full list of events, visit the National Bioenergy Day events http://bioenergyday.com/events/ page.