University of Maryland Extension

Commercial Wood Energy Grants Available: Do You Have a Viable Project?

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Online - Adobe Connect
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Jonathan S. Kays (UME), Paul Lewandowski (AFS Energy Systems), Dan Rider (MD Dept. of Natural Resources), Chris Clark (Maryland Energy Administration)

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Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has announced the first Commercial Wood Energy Grant Program with a March 30 deadline for applications. The program’s purpose is to improve adoption of clean burning wood technology that is renewable and widely available, but not well known. 

Wood energy systems that use wood chips or pellets have the potential to significantly lower fuel and electricity bills while burning renewable, locally sourced, low-emissions wood fuels.  The upfront cost of feasibility studies are often cited as a barrier to project development.  By removing this barrier, facility owners will have the information necessary to determine the technical and financial feasibility of converting an existing fuel oil, propane or electric heating system to a wood energy conversion system. The MEA grant program will provide grants to conduct wood energy feasibility studies up to $15,000 at eligible facilities in Maryland.

MEA has partnered with the Maryland Wood Energy Coalition to provide this educational webinar to educate potential applicants.  This webinar is designed to provide information and address questions from facility owners, managers, planners, administrators, engineers, and financial / business managers interested in potentially using biomass to heat commercial facilities. Experts will provide attendees with knowledge to:  

  • Understand potential applications for wood energy conversion systems using real case studies of schools, hospitals and other applications;
  • Access information about the sustainability of wood resources from urban and traditional forestry sources; and
  • Provide specifics about the grant program and how to apply.

More information on specifics of the Commercial Wood Energy Grant Program are available at:  


February 25, 2016 Webinar Agenda & Speaker:

Introduction and brief overview of the adoption of clean-burning wood energy technology in Maryland: Jonathan Kays - Extension Forester, University of Maryland Extension & Chair of Maryland Wood Energy Coalition

Basics of clean burning wood energy technology and selected case studies: Paul Lewandowski - Sales Director, AFS Energy Systems

Sustainability of wood resources in Maryland: Dan Rider - Wood Utilization Program Manager, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service

Details of the Maryland Wood Grant Program: Chris Clark - Biomass Program Manager, Maryland Energy Administration

Question and Answer period


There is no cost to participate on the webinar, but we ask that you register at: . A link for the webinar will be provided closer to the date. 

Jonathan Kays
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301-432-2767 x. 323
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