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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.


Category: Wood Pellets

Wood Pellets

USDA Grant Supports Installation of Pellet Boiler in N.H. school

Biomass Magazine, April 27, 2015, by Rep. Annie Kuster's Office [NH].

"Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., recently announced two grants from the USDA’s Rural Development program that will support projects in two New Hampshire communities.  The Bethlehem School District has received a $30,000 grant that will be used to replace an oil-fired hot water boiler heating system at Bethlehem Elementary School with wood pellet boilers, and the town of Stratford has received a $15,000 grant to improve its town garage, which houses all town vehicles."

BERC Launches Updated Community-Scale Wood Heating Database

Biomass Magazine, April 28, 2015.

"The Biomass Energy Resource Center [BERC], a program of the Vermont Energy Investment Corp., has launched a re-tooled web-based database for tracking the advancement of modern wood heating throughout North America. The newly revised searchable database houses key information on existing community-scale modern wood heating and combined heat and power systems across the U.S. and Canada, as well as an archive of links to case studies."

The Challenge of Forecasting Pellet Demand

Pellet Mill Magazine/Biomass Magazine, Mar. 2014, by Susanne Retka Schill.

"Can the demand boost from this winter’s severe cold and energy costs be sustained?"

How the Northern States can Heat with Renewable Energy and Create Jobs and Economic Growth while Significantly Lowering Carbon Emissions

FutureMetrics, LLC, December 2013, by William Strauss. -can-Heat-with-Renewable-Energy-and-Create-

A white paper from a consulting firm for the pellet fuel industry -
"As this white paper will show, the negative economic and environmental impacts of this [petroleum-based fossil fuels] dependency are significant. But this paper will also show that the positive benefits that accrue from the conversion of homes and businesses from fossil fueled heating systems to renewable premium pellet fueled systems are significant. "

Wood Pellets a Hot Commodity Across U.S.

Biomass Magazine, Feb. 7, 2014, by Anna Simet.

"Those enjoying cord wood or pellet heat have a leg up on the frigid season. Data from the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning indicates that wood pellets are running $25.50 cheaper per MMBtu than propane and $13.71 cheaper per MMBtu than heating oil, and in some parts of the country such as Minnesota and Wisconsin, propane prices have doubled in the last several months, reaching close to $5 per gallon in some areas."


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