National Bioenergy Day 2015 to be Held on October 21st


Opportunity to learn about bioenergy and participate in events


(St. Paul, MN) - This October 21st marks The Third Annual National Bioenergy Day. The day provides an opportunity to showcase bioenergy facilities and the bioenergy supply chain around the United States.  


In Minnesota, the day will be marked with an Open House hosted by Itasca Community College, in Grand Rapids, MN with support from Minnesota Power and Energy Forward. The event will include educational presentations as well as a biomass boiler tour.


“National Bioenergy Day offers opportunities to learn about biomass energy and wood-to-energy systems, including local systems used in Minnesota,” said Anna Dirkswager, Biomass Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and manager of the Statewide Wood Energy Team. 


According to Biomass Thermal Energy Council, National Bioenergy Day is a nationwide day for all kinds of heat and power generated by woody biomass from large-scale utilities to home heating stoves. The events being held around the country address all aspects of the bioenergy supply chain, including foresters, landowners, manufacturers, power producers, and consumers.


Last year, more than 50 events were held around the country on National Bioenergy Day and at least that many events are expected to occur this year. A full listing of events is to be held is available at:



About National Bioenergy Day

On October 21, 2015, participating organizations will open their doors to their communities to demonstrate the many benefits that bioenergy provides on the local level.


About the Minnesota Statewide Wood Energy Team

The Minnesota Statewide Wood Energy Team (MN SWET) consists of individuals and organizations that work together to advance woody biomass goals and recognize the need to promote woody biomass utilization as a strategy to accomplish: forest management, diversified markets for the existing forest products industry, forest wildfire risk reduction, economic development and localized wealth retention, and state renewable energy strategies. The core team includes representation from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Duluth, Natural Resources Research Institute, and the USDA Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center, the Clean Energy Resource Teams, Dovetail Partners, and the Headwaters and Arrowhead Regional Economic Development Commissions. Additional partners include the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, USDA Rural Development, Minnesota Forest Resources Council, Great Plains Institute, BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota, FVB Energy, WoodMaster, Fond du Lac Band of Superior Chippewa, and the Agricultural Utilization and Research Institute. The project manager is Minnesota DNR Biomass Coordinator, Anna Dirkswager. Project website: