Northern Forest Center, Calgren Dairy Fuels win industry awards

By Biomass Magazine | April 17, 2018

BBI International and Biomass Magazine named its annual industry award winners at the 11th International Biomass Conference & Expo underway in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Groundbreaker of the Year Award is designed to recognize people, companies or organizations that have helped demonstrate and advance the bioenergy industry by breaking ground, and making meaningful headway on, a commercial-scale biomass-to-energy project.

This year’s winner, Calgren Dairy Fuels, has a 14-dairy farm digester-to-renewable natural gas project underway in California. Via underground piping, it will send RNG to site of its existing 55MMgy ethanol plant in Pixley, California, also the site of a 5 MMgy biodiesel facility, 11 MW of biogas-based electricity production, and a carbon capture and liquefaction operation.

Accepting the award on behalf of Calgren Dairy Fuels was President Lyle Schlyer.

The Excellence in Bioenergy award recognizes dynamic leaders in industry, academia and public policy that are fundamental to the growth of the bioenergy industry, demonstrating the drive and effort to help clear financial, technological or political hurdles that stymie expansion of the bioenergy industry. This year’s winner, the Northern Forest Center, has been instrumental in expanding modern wood heat in the Northeast U.S., with forest health and sustainability as the cornerstone of its work. The NFC’s programs have helped to secure and leverage $189 million for projects that benefit the region’s communities, economy and forest stewardship over the past 11 years, including support for 150 automated wood pellet heating systems.

Accepting the award on behalf of the NFC was Maura Adams.