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Eastern Washington companies receive energy funds

Three northeast Washington companies have been awarded stimulus grants and loans worth $3.2 million.

Demand Energy Networks of Spokane will receive a $1.5 million grant to commercialize its electricity storage and network management software. The money will help the company retain or create 93 jobs, according to a release from the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

Borgford Bioenergy in Stevens County will receive a $231,422 grant and $771,406 loan to help finance a wood gasification plant that will produce energy as well as biochar, as soil additive. Twenty-seven jobs will be kept or added.

In Pend Oreille County, the Ponderay Newsprint Inc. mill will use a $418,228 grant and $1.4 million loan to upgrade controls. The energy savings will help preserve 184 jobs.

A total 13 projects statewide were awarded $16.5 million in federal stimulus money that will save or add 271 jobs.


Bert Caldwell
Bert Caldwell oversees production of the opinion pages, including writing editorials, and editing and selecting letters, columns and cartoons.