Arizona senators announce $3.7m in Wood Innovations Fund

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Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema, US senators for the state of Arizona, have announced more than $3.7 million (€3.4 million) in Wood Innovations Funds, designed to support projects preserving the state's forest lands.
The fund is earmarked for wood innovations projects across Northern Arizona that are designed to preserve Arizona's forest lands and boost the state's wood products economy.
The investments were awarded through the U.S. Forest Service's Wood Innovations programme, and will support a varied range of initiatives.
For example, Novo BioPower will receive $1 million (€921.6k) for a biomass power plant turbine overhaul and condenser retube.
Bluestone Renewables will receive $300,000 (€276.5k) for a hydrogen-to-methanol project.
"These investments will protect Arizona forests while boosting sustainable solutions that benefit our environment and economy. I will continue supporting innovative approaches to tackle climate challenges, create jobs, and support healthy forests and communities," said Kelly.
"We secured funds investing in Northern Arizona businesses so they can lead innovative efforts reducing harmful emissions, boosting economic opportunities, and preserve our stunning forests for generations to come," said Sinema, co-author and lead negotiator of the bipartisan infrastructure law.
"Novo BioPower is so excited and grateful to our partners at the US Forest Service for awarding $1 million for use by Novo BioPower to overhaul our steam turbine and condenser," said Brad Worsley, president and CEO of Novo Power. "This would not have happened without the support of both Salt River Project and Arizona Public Service.
He continued: "This investment of WPIA grant dollars will assure that the central equipment in turning biomass from a forest liability to a renewable electron will be refurbished and improved. A big thank you from Novo BioPower to all of our partners!"

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