The Integrated Biomass Energy Campus (IBEC) is up and running. All our hard work has come to fruition - a vision to integrate business, environment and economic benefits in rural areas.
Businesses at IBEC are using various tree species and log specifications to manufacture a range of wood products. These include:
• premium firewood• densified heating fuels• posts and poles• landscaping timbers
Biomass provides one way to support forest health, restoration and fire mitigation projects on public and private woodlands.
IBEC's capacity will further diversify with a Sort Yard and 100 kW biomass-powered co-generation (combined heat and power) facility over the next couple of years. These new investments will pump over $2.5 million per year into our local economy. We expect to add additional 8-10 new jobs over the next year too! This project will eventually support 25 local family-wage jobs, which is greatly needed in Wallowa County.
For more information on the Integrated Biomass Energy Campus and/or other renewable energy projects, contact Matt King.