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DOE Awards $1.44 Million To Biomass District Heating Project

By District Energy posted 09-29-2023 09:57


Biomass Magazine


The U.S. Department of Energy on Sept. 28 announced it is awarding $1.44 million to support a biomass-fueled district heating project under development by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Cloquet, Minnesota. 

The award is one of 13 projects awarded a combined $38 million by the DOE to advance clean energy technology deployment in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The funding aims to bolster ongoing efforts to reduce and stabilize energy costs, increase energy security and resilience, and provide electric power to Native communities. 

With the funding, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will install a biomass heating facility to provide district heat in place of propane for the Brookston housing subdivision and community center. The project is expected to result in annual savings in fuel and extended propane boiler life of approximately $56,000 and more than $3 million over the life of the system.

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