- Mr. Jacobson offers extensive biomass-to-energy expertise. During the past
twenty- five years, Mr. Jacobson has specialized in biomass availability and cost
studies of agricultural residues, urban wood residues, forest residues, and
sawmill and remanufacturing residues for financial institutions and project
developers. These studies have been conducted in the states of California, Montana, Oregon, New York, North Carolina, Michigan, Maine, Illinois, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Hawaii, Florida, Washington, Alaska, Arkansas, the Provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta, and in Italy. Mr. Jacobson has extensive experience developing the
infrastructure required to collect, process and transport all types of
biomass, in negotiating long-term biomass fuel supply contracts, and in
biomass fuel handling and inventory management. During the previous five
- year period, Mr. Jacobson was responsible for the procurement of wood
fuel for the first stand – alone biomass power plants in northern California. Mr. Jacobson has also prepared biomass feedstock supply plans and
negotiated contracts for delivery of rice straw and wood waste to potential
ethanol projects. Mr. Jacobson has qualified as an expert witness in
litigation of biomass facilities. Mr. Jacobson has a diverse professional
forestry background in California, Oregon and Idaho spanning sixteen
years of managing timberlands and procuring raw materials for sawmills.
· As Owner of Alan Jacobson & Associates, Mr. Jacobson is prepared
and qualified to conduct biomass fuel availability and cost studies for
financial institutions and project developers throughout the world.
· Senior Biomass Consultant for HDR Engineering, conducted biomass
fuel availability and cost studies for financial institutions and project
· Vice President for TSS, conducted biomass fuel availability and cost
studies for biomass power plants and biomass to ethanol facilities. These
analyses have also assessed the infrastructure required to provide the
required biomass fuel or feedstock to these facilities. These studies have
assessed agricultural residues, forest residues, sawmill and
remanufacturing residues, and urban wood residues for financial
institutions and project developers in the states of California, Montana,
Oregon, New York, North Carolina, Michigan, Maine, Illinois, Ohio, West
Virginia, Kentucky, Hawaii, Washington, Alaska, Arkansas, the Provinces of
British Columbia and Alberta and in Italy.
· Senior Associate for Brown, Vence & Associates conducting numerous
due diligence reviews of proposed biomass power plants, sawmills and
cogeneration plants for financial institutions, developers and potential
buyers. Conducted performance tests and appraisal of a major urban wood
waste processing facility in Sacramento, California.
· Senior Fuel Procurement Manager for Ultrapower Services in
California. Managed fuel procurement for wood-fired power plants located
in Burney and Westwood. Provided overall procurement management for
additional operating power plants located in Blue Lake and Chinese Station
and directed fuel development for power plants in Fresno and Rocklin,
California. Mr. Jacobson was the local interface with county planning
departments in obtaining Conditional Use Permits for three power plant
· Timber Manager for Sierra Pacific Industries, Redding, California, with
responsibility for timber harvest and timber harvest planning, road
construction, precommercial thinning and reforestation on 85,000 acres of
timberland in northern California.
· Division Forester for Publishers Forest Products Company, Burney,
California where he had the responsibility for the overall management of
69,000 acres of timberland in northern California, supplying two sawmills
with 100 million board feet (MMBF) of logs per year from these timberlands
as well as from Public and Private sources. Obtained all permits for siting
two Class II solid waste disposal sites.
· Forester for Publishers Paper Company in Estacada, Oregon where
he managed private timberland and managed the timber sale contracts
with the U.S. Forest Service on the Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon.
· Intensive Management Technician with the U.S. Forest Service on the
Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon where he had responsibilities for timber
sale preparation and timber sale administration in an area that included Mt.
Hood and the Bull Run Watershed. He designed and administered
sensitive timber sales that utilized specialized logging systems ranging
from using horses, long span skylines and helicopters. He also held a
variety of timber management positions on the Clearwater and Nez Perce
National Forests in Idaho.
· University of Idaho, Agriculture
· Has conducted studies for the National Renewable Energy
Laboratory, the California Energy Commission and the California Air
· Grew up on an Idaho ranch that grew hay, grain and timber.
· Member of the American Quarter Horse Association, the National
Cutting Horse Association and the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association.
· Member of the Society of American Foresters.