A brighter and warmer future awaits residents of Kake in Southeast Alaska, as community leaders recently met to discuss and refine some of the details necessary to advance their energy plan to heat a number of Kake’s larger public buildings using a biomass boiler district heating system.

Heating large community facilities with fossil fuels effectively exports tens of thousands of dollars of economic resources that could better contribute to the local economy by using local renewable biomass resources.

The school, senior center, community center and other structures are candidates to receive heating from a centrally located boiler that is fueled using waste wood chips instead of ancient fossil fuels.  Waste wood chips come from industry, forest thinning, road clearing and other forestry management efforts that create easily accessible, affordable waste wood .

Efforts to develop the project are lead by the Organized Village of Kake, and Kake Tribal. Additional regional support and expertise is provided by Southeast ConferenceRenewable Energy Alaska ProjectSustainable Southeast Projectand the Alaska Energy AuthorityAlaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and the Inside Passage Electric Cooperative, among others.

Thick second growth and road side alder slash are abundant biomass resources in Kake.