is a grassroots effort to develop homegrown renewable
energy from local biomass. It was launched in 2009 by its
steering committee who share a common vision of a sustainable
system that can provide multiple benefits across the community.
They are sharing this vision in a series of meetings which aim to
engage the public and draw others into the effort. The most
ambitious part of the project is to build a manufacturing plant
that will use locally sourced wood and grass feedstocks to produce
fuel pellets and other products for sale in the local market. The
plant is essential to the economic feasibility of the system
because it converts low-value raw feedstocks into value added
hopes to validate a model of distributed biomass energy
utilization in which modest sized plants link local sources and
markets; growth is by replication rather than centralization.