ÖkoFEN Pellematic_e-max Demonstration

On April 28, at 8 Airport Road in Bethel, Maine, there will be a public demonstration of the ÖkoFEN Pellematic_e-max combined heat and power pellet-fired boiler system. The boiler produces up to 60KW (~205,000 BTU/hr) of thermal energy and produces up to 5KW of...

Fully Automatic: What Does That Mean?

Harry “Dutch” Dresser, Ed.D. Maine Energy Systems Bethel, Maine 04217 When I was a kid, a friend’s father was a chauffeur for a wealthy lady in our town. On one occasion, I got a look at the beautiful early ‘40’s Packard he maintained and used to drive the...

The Values in Heating with Wood Pellets

Harry “Dutch” Dresser, Ed,D, Maine Energy Systems Bethel, Maine Some have asked if there is value in switching to a wood pellet boiler or furnace when fossil fuel prices are atypically low?  Certainly there is, the truly important values of fuel switching persist...

Mimicry and Dupes

Harry “Dutch” Dresser, Ed.D. Maine Energy Systems Bethel, Maine 04217 I’ve recently enjoyed a trip to Winnipeg, Manitoba, where I was invited to talk about the process of starting a wood pellet boiler and furnace heating community.  I hope my hosts learned...

The Blame Game

Harry “Dutch” Dresser, Ed.D. Maine Energy Systems Bethel, Maine Wednesday I attended a planning session for the Efficiency Maine Triennial Plan.  It was well attended by people interested in the important role Efficiency Maine plays in encouraging energy...

Selling Itself in My Absence

Harry “Dutch” Dresser, Ed.D. Maine Energy Systems Bethel, Maine 04217 I’m at the “bucketlist” end of life trying to get in a few things that have been crying out to be done most of my days while I can.  I have recently had the great fortune of being...