The Pennsylvania State Wood Energy Team

This three-year statewide team, funded by the US Forest Service, works together to promote clean, sustainable uses of wood energy in the Keystone State. The team's objectives are to:

Join the Team!

All are welcome - you are invited to take part in team meetings and activities. If you are interested in joining, or have an idea for a wood energy project in your area, please contat team leaders Ed Johnstonbaugh ( or Mike Palko (

Read the Prospectus!

The PA Wood Energy Prospectus is the wood energy team's comprehensive overview of the status of and opportunities for sustainable wood energy in Pennsylvania.

Schedule of State Wood Energy Team Events

(subject to revision and updates)

Date Description
10-Jun-15 Project Team Organizational Meeting
21-Oct-15 Public Kick-off Meeting (National Bioenergy Day)
06 April, 2016 Project Team Quarterly Meeting
10:30 am - Tour C&C Pellet Mill, Summerhill, PA 15958
12:00 noon - Lunch and team meeting, Hoss's Restaurant, Ebensburg PA
22 June, 2016 Project Team Quarterly Meeting
12:30 pm, Hoss's Restaurant, Williamsport, PA
14 Sept, 2016 Project Team Quarterly Meeting
Conference Call, 1pm (Eastern): Dial (712) 775-7300, Passcode 299956#
15 Oct, 2016 Wood Energy Workshop, Honesdale PA
19 Oct, 2016 National Bioenergy Day Open House, Caledonia State Park, Morrisdale PA
22 Oct, 2016 Wood Energy Workshop, Kane PA
07 Dec, 2016 Project Team Quarterly Meeting, Port Allegany, PA
15 Mar, 2017 Project Team Quarterly Meeting: Champion PA (details TBA)
14 Jun, 2017 Project Team Quarterly Meeting
12-14 Sept, 2017 Regional Wood Energy Conference, State College PA
18 October, 2017 Project Team Quarterly Meeting, Elk Country Visitors' Center, Benezette PA (meeting begins at noon, bring $ to order lunch)
04 Apr, 2018 Project Team Quarterly Meeting, AFS Energy Systems, 420 Oak St., Lemoyne PA. Meet at 10am, lunch to follow.
TBD Project Team Quarterly Meeting

Wood Energy Team's Project Milestones

Project Year 1 (01 Jul 2015 - 30 Jun 2016)
Date Description Comments / Outcome
1-Jul-15 Start of Project Period  
Dec-15 Wood Energy Prospectus Drafted done on time
Feb-16 Forest Management for Bioenergy educational materials developed  
Air Quality and Wood Energy educational materials developed  
Wood Energy Utilization educational materials developed  
Mar-16 Wood Energy Prospectus Internal Review Complete done
Apr-16 Wood Energy Prospectus Revised done
Project Year 2 (01 Jul 2016 - 30 Jun 2017)
Date Description  
Jul - 16 Wood Energy Prospectus Released done
Nov-16 Workshop: Forest Management for Bioenergy TBA
Workshop: Air Quality and Wood Energy TBA
Workshop: Wood Energy Utilization workshops held in Honesdale (Jan 27, 2017) and Philipsburg (Feb 17, 2017)
May-17 Regional Wood Energy Conference to be held Sept 2017
Project Year 3 (01 Jul 2017 - 30 Jun 2018)
Date Description  
Nov-17 Workshop: Forest Management for Bioenergy  
Workshop: Air Quality and Wood Energy  
Workshop: Wood Energy Utilization  
Feb-18 Wood Energy Short Course  

Team Members

  • Penn State Extension
  • PA Biomass Energy Association
  • Biomass Renewable Energy, LLC
  • Allegheny National Forest
  • PA Department of Environmental Protection
  • PA Game Commission
  • PennTAP
  • NEWBio Bioenergy Consortium
  • Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group
  • Northern Tier Hardwood Association
  • PA Hardwood Development Council
  • Biomass Thermal Energy Center
  • The Sustainable Energy Fund
  • AFS Energy Systems
  • Messersmith Manufacturing
  • MCClure Corporation
  • Energex Corporation
  • Laird Design and Graphics Service
  • Penns Valley School District
  • East Lycoming School District
  • Energy Management Concepts
  • Kane Area School District
  • Blue Ridge School District
  • Wartluft Forestry Services
  • Presentations from 17 Feb Wood Energy Workshop

    To access copies of the presentations from the 17 February 2017 Wood Energy Workshop, please visit our shared resources page at