The Biomass Energy Resource Center (BERC) has the tools to help state and federal agencies, and other public and private organizations, develop programs that can greatly accelerate the utilization of biomass energy in many types of applications. The activities include development of information packages, outreach activities, assessment of sites and selection of demonstration projects, training for stakeholders, decision makers, local architects and engineers, and project and program implementation.
In late November of 2014 BERC organized and led a small delegation of representatives from Vermont’s energy, environmental, and economic sectors to Upper Austria.
BERC works with clean-energy and renewable-energy fund managers who are interested in implementing environmentally responsible biomass technologies that can produce electricity and/or heat in a wide variety of settings.
BERC works with federal, state, and local forestry and economic development agencies to identify ways to reduce forest fire hazards by using low-grade biomass for energy in community, institutional, and public-sector applications.
The purpose of the initiative is to explore the potential for woody biomass from the Northern Forest to provide an increased source of renewable, sustainable energy for the region, and to determine what needs to happen in the region for that potential to be realized.
BERC helps state energy offices identify gaps and implement elements of biomass energy programs, to complement other renewable-energy program initiatives.
BERC helps public agencies create comprehensive statewide School Wood Heating Program or Fuels for Schools initiatives. BERC also works directly with green-building and green-school program managers, to identify environmentally responsible ways to include biomass energy in their programs.