Spring 2014
Michael T. Palko
Biomass Energy Specialist, DCNR, Bureau of Forestry
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Advancing Sustainable Wood Energy in Pennsylvania

Presenting the progress of the Commonwealth’s wood-to-energy initiative to establish decentralized, small thermal, sustainable woody biomass energy systems for community and economic development….utilizing several woody biomass feedstocks:  low-value / low-use wood, mill residue, and short rotation woody crops


Mike Palko is the Biomass Energy Specialist for Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Forestry. He promotes the use of biomass, especially low-use wood, for the generation of small distributed heat and electricity for use in schools, hospitals, government buildings, and businesses. He evaluates biomass energy opportunities for assurance that projects will have adequate wood fuel supplies at levels that protect the sustainability of the Commonwealth’s natural resources.

Mike has over 30 years experience in forest resource management. He holds degrees from Penn State University in Forestry (BS) and Silviculture (MS), is a member of the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Biomass Energy Association and is chairman of the Pennsylvania Fuels for Schools & Communities Program.