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ThermalNews Study analyzes GHG impact of pellet heating The Northern Forest Center recently released a study that analyzed the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission impacts of heating buildings with state-of-the-art wood pellet boilers. According to the study, on day one, using wood pellets for heat in the Northern Forest reduces GHG emissions by more than 50 percent compared to oil and natural gas. At the 50-year mark, GHG emissions from pellets drops to 62 percent less than oil, 67 percent less than natural gas and

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Grams of CO2 56 percent less than propane. The study per kWh found heating with oil produces 357 grams Wood pellets 135 of GHG per kilowatt-hour (kWh) with no Propane 304 reduction over time, whereas heating with 357 pellets produces 165 grams per kWh initially Heating oil 403 and drops to 135 grams per kWh by year 50. Natural gas * Figures for propane and natural gas include accounting for “Now we can say unequivocally that distibution loss and associated methane release. heating with high-efficiency wood pel- SOURCE: NORTHERN FOREST CENTER let boilers in the Northern Forest reduces greenhouse gas and helps us fight climate cal, renewable wood pellets to heat, we’re change,� said Rob Riley, president of the reducing greenhouse gases emissions and Northern Forest Center. “When we use lo- supporting our region’s forest economy.�

Wood, pellet stove change-out program benefits Vermont residents A new wood and pellet stove changeout program recently launched in Vermont. The program aims to help residents update existing systems with cleaner, more efficient models. Owners of old stoves that are not U.S. EPA certified—generally manufactured pri-

or to 1988—may qualify for up to $1,500 of the price of a new stove. Those participating in the program must purchase the appliance from a participating stove retailer. For pellet or cord wood stoves emitting 1.5 grams of particulate per hour or less, a $1,500 incentive is available, and $1,000 for

2 grams per hour or less. Cord wood stoves at 2.5 grams of particulate per hour or less qualify for a $750 rebate, and $500 for those at 3 grams per hour or less.

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2017 January Biomass Magazine