$27M Spent in NY for Wood Heating Program

July 30, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

wood energy manageNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo launched Renewable Heat NY, a $27 million initiative aimed at building a low-emissions wood heating sector in the state.

“The wood-fired heating industry is an important source of energy in Upstate New York, and by launching Renewable Heat NY we are helping to shape this growing sector with a focus on clean, sustainable and highly-efficient practices,” said Cuomo.

The initiative will boost business for high-efficiency wood pellet boilers and cordwood boilers as well as the wood pellets industry and other woody biomass systems.

Renewable Heat NY aims to reduce wood smoke, fine particle, and carbon monoxide emissions by offering incentives to retire and recycle highly polluting outdoor and indoor wood boilers and wood stove technologies and replace them with high-efficiency, low emissions wood heating technologies.

The announcement includes the launch of new residential and commercial financial incentives and training, available through NYSERDA and sustainable biomass harvesting guidelines for suppliers of wood biomass, which will be developed and promoted by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Funding for Renewable Heat NY is made possible through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

Photo: Wood pellets via Shutterstock

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