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We're working on a set of projects in the Columbia River Gorge area that encompasses much of the same range as you describe. We are mostly rural, but we have contacts within the Portland metropolitan area, which is definitely a target market, too.

Currently, we have Gorge Grown (support and coordination for local ag with emphasis on organic), Dirt Huggers (for-profit compost, currently at 3,800 tons per year), a couple of food co-ops, Riverhours (local currency project), MARS (Mt. Adams Resource Stewards - a forest products incubator), and a number of other complementary projects (e.g., CSAs, Firewise wood-waste chipper program, Collaboratives on the local National Forests).

The 'City' of Stevenson is working on a local compost program - possibly a Dirt Huggers' franchise. Part of the idea is to reduce the organics load in the sewer treatment systems for two towns.

I'm writing a feasibility study for a woody biomass CHP system that will supply heat and electricity to at least a greenhouse system for late Autumn, Winter, and Spring, plus an industrial wood products business in the Summer and Autumn. Focus is to maximize efficiency via a narrow range of design for energy outputs correlated to a narrow range of energy requirements of the 'customers'.

Meantime, I will send the link to the growingpower.org to the local participants and to the Portland-based co-ops and government stakeholders.

paul spencer

by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Thu Mar 1st, 2012 at 01:04:57 PM EST
This is one reason why I wrote this piece.  Still collecting information on urban ag resources.

Solar IS Civil Defense
by gmoke on Fri Mar 2nd, 2012 at 06:05:52 PM EST
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