Grand Marais/Cook County Community

Biomass Energy Feasibility Study


Photo courtesy of Gunflint District - U.S. Forest Service



Given the location of Cook County in northeastern Minnesota and the abundant forest resources in the region, there appear to be opportunities for improved utilization of woody biomass. The citizen’s group known as the Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP) in conjunction with the Cook County Board of Commissioners desire to explore the feasibility of community-based biomass energy production in Cook County, with particular emphasis on understanding the short and long-term environmental, social, and economic impacts of utilizing woody biomass in this area. A research team lead by Dovetail Partners and including the University of Minnesota and local partners will explore the questions raised by the project and help inform the community's decision making process.


Click here to download a copy of the Public Input Questionniare



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Project Timeline


Timeframe Key Questions and Milestones
Fall 2010 Initial community meeting, review existing data and identify gaps and information needs
Dec. 9, 2010

Public Meeting, 7pm, Cook County Courthouse


To download the meeting agenda and information sheet, click here.

To download the meeting presentation, click here.

To download the public input form, click here.

Winter- Spring 2011 Survey and analyze energy demand, data collection for biomass supply potentials, identify energy p roduction alternatives and available technologies for difference sites/scales in Grand Marais and Cook County
Summer 2011 Preliminary report on biomass availability
Sept. 20, 2011

Phase I report presented to County Commissioners and at a public meeting

To view the report, executive summary and presentation materials, click here (link to Cook County website)


Click here to download the Phase I Final Report (Updated February 2012)

Click here to download the Executive Summary

Click here to download the Presentation Materials

Fall-Winter 2011/12 Long-term economic forecasting, environmental impact assessment, conduct community meetings
Spring 2012 Complete evaluation of alternative energy production systems
Summer 2012 Develop recommendations, conduct community meeting, deliver final report
December 2012

Final Project Report Public Meeting


Click here to download the Powerpoint Presentation