Today Marks the Annual National Bioenergy Day

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Today marks the 2nd annual National Bioenergy Day. In honor or this special day, Forest Energy President, Rob Davis, writes an eye-opening article about the importance of bioenergy to the health of Arizona's forests.

In honor of the Second Annual National Bioenergy Day, more than 40 facilities and organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada will open its doors on October 22nd to local residents, inviting them to come and learn more about an industry that provides significant local benefits. While Forest Energy Corporation, located in Show Low, cannot participate in the event due to safety precautions with heavy semi-truck traffic in and out of the plant each day, the Show Low plant is participating by helping build awareness for bioenergy through website posts, social media and an online sweepstakes giving away 2 tons of wood fuel pellets. ( )

“Bioenergy contributes a great deal to our local economy and helps keep forests and the forest industry around here more resilient,” said Rob Davis, Forest Energy President. “We employ local residents and generate clean energy from materials that would otherwise be discarded.”

Bioenergy refers to an industry whose companies produce electricity and heat generated from wood and other organic materials. In 2013, approximately 23% of all renewable energy consumed was from wood (EIA, 2013) – more than wind and solar combined and second only to hydroelectric energy.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has continued to support bioenergy’s role in protecting the health of forests on federal lands, saying, "Renewable wood energy is part of the Obama Administration's 'all of the above' energy strategy. The Forest Service works with its partners to support the development of wood energy projects that promote sound forest management, expand regional economies and create new rural jobs."

“The continuation of National Bioenergy Day into a second year is truly exciting. We are grateful to our sponsors, particularly the U.S. Forest Service, for their dedication to raising awareness about the role of bioenergy in communities across the nation,” said Bob Cleaves, President and CEO of Biomass Power Association. “Today, all across the country, people are learning about bioenergy and how it helps local economies and forests.”

In honor of National Bioenergy Day, Forest Energy President, Rob Davis, writes an eye-opening article about the importance of bioenergy to the overall health and viability of our Arizona forests.
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National Bioenergy Day sponsors include Biomass Power Association, U.S. Forest Service, Plum Creek, Pellet Fuels Institute, U.S. Industrial Pellet Association, Biomass Thermal Energy Council and Biomass Magazine. To learn more, please visit

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