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Norm Etkind: When thinking about alternative fuels, don’t forget wood

“I heard a radio ad recently that said you can heat your house using solar electricity and heat pumps. Consider: There is little available sun in the winter and, as the temperature drops, it reduces the amount of heat that heat pumps can efficiently extract from the outside air.

All told, you will not be heating your house with air source heat pumps powered by solar electricity to any appreciable extent…”

Wood Pellets: An Opportunity to Lower Heating Costs and Support Maine’s Forest Products Industry By: Sen. Susan M. Collins

“With inflation at a 40-year high, the soaring cost of virtually everything, from groceries to gasoline, is a growing crisis.

The skyrocketing price of energy in particular is causing hardships by straining family budgets and increasing costs at every step of the supply chain. Mainers are also concerned about the rapidly rising cost of home heating oil…”

What I Learned from Installing Wood Heat

“A couple years ago my husband and I moved into a home that, like 60% of houses here in Maine, burns oil for heat. When we were ready to switch to an alternative heating system, we knew we would be looking for options that helped move us away from fossil fuels, weren’t going to break the bank, and could fit relatively seamlessly within the existing infrastructure of our home, which is plumbed for baseboard hydronic heat. We ultimately decided to invest in a wood pellet boiler, and so far we are glad we did…”

Opinion: The case for modern wood heating

“Within the growing clean energy community, advocates agree that transitioning away from fossil fuels must be a top priority in the fight against climate change. Similarly, energy efficiency has to be aggressively pursued in tandem with clean energy generation….”

Clean Heat Standard Overview for Vermont

“The Clean Heat Standard would require fossil fuel corporations and utilities that sell heating fuels in Vermont to reduce their climate pollution over time, in line with Global Warming Solutions Act requirements. Fossil fuel suppliers will be able to meet the performance standard either by selling cleaner heating fuels or by paying for work done by others that helps Vermonters use clean heating options (such as weatherization, heat pumps, or advanced wood heat). The goal of the Clean Heat Standard is to both reduce climate pollution and reduce costs of home and building heating over time…”

Switching to pellet heating helps Maine in more ways than one

“If Maine is going to achieve zero emissions by 2050, the state is going to have to change how it thinks about fuel.

Wood pellets, made from the compressed leftovers of timber processing, can be burned as a cleaner alternative to fossil fuels, producing fewer carbon emissions than both oil and gas. With its abundance of trees, Maine is uniquely suited to have pellet fuel play a role in its journey to zero emissions because it keeps the fuel sources local, limits the emissions caused by transporting oil or gas and vitalizes Maine’s economy.”

Wood Pellet Pricing Stable over Last Decade, Expected to Remain So

“Wood pellet pricing has remained steady over the past decade and is expected to remain so, pleasing many bulk pellet delivery customers in the Northeast this winter.  While fossil fuel costs are historically volatile, the cost of heating with locally sourced wood pellets remains steady over time, so pellet households can have some peace of mind heading into a cold winter…”

With Rising Fuel Prices, Wood Heat Clearly Now Best Option For Many Mainers

“While the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Winter Fuels Outlook predicts rising heating bills this winter, Maine residents are in a fortunate position compared to other regions of the country, according to the state’s wood pellet fuel and logging industries. Heating with Maine-grown wood fuel that creates local Maine jobs has never been so inexpensive nor attainable…”

While Heating Prices Spike, Maine Energy Systems Locks in Pellet Pricing

“Bethel, ME – With fossil fuel prices spiking, Maine Energy Systems locks in its prices for bulk wood pellet delivery customers for this winter.  Wood pellet prices, compared by heat value, will be at the equivalent of $2.47/gal compared to oil or $1.68/gal propane* – far lower than this year’s fossil fuel price projections…”

Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Wood Pellet Heat in the Northern Forest

“Analysis shows wood pellet fuel reduces greenhouse gas by 54% vs. oil, and 59% vs. natural gas. The Northern Forest Center commissioned a study of the greenhouse gas impacts of heating buildings with state-of-the-art wood pellet boilers. For the analysis, the Spatial Informatics Group-Natural Assets Laboratory (SIG-NAL) used data specific to the region’s forest composition and harvest practices, and the pellet sourcing and manufacturing of 9 out of 10 Northern Forest pellet mills, all of which produce pellets exclusively for thermal (heat) generation…”

Maine Energy Systems Joins Maine Energy Marketers Association

“Maine Energy Systems (MESys) has recently joined the Maine Energy Marketers Association (MEMA) and is a featured member in the Summer 2021 issue! MESys is highlighted as an industry leader in pairing consumer demand with renewable answers through fully automated, highly efficient, central wood pellet heating systems reliant on bulk wood pellet delivery that’s as easy (and hands-free) as oil…”

Congress Passes Monumental BTU Act for Homeowner Tax Credits

“BETHEL, ME – Congress has recently passed the monumental Biomass Thermal Utilization (BTU) Act, which starting in 2021 will provide homeowners with the ability to receive a 26% federal tax credit on purchases of renewable wood pellet central heating systems…”

Rebates on Advanced Wood Heating Equipment Now Available for Commercial and Institutional New Construction

Montpelier, VT – “The Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) announced the availability of a new incentive program for advanced wood heat systems in commercial and institutional new construction. Qualifying installations will be eligible to receive custom incentives of $1.25 per square foot of heated space, up to $50,000….”

01/20/2015: Heating Renewables Demand Drives 100% Growth

BETHEL, MAINE - Maine Energy Systems (MESys) today announced that it sold a record number of fully-automatic wood pellet boilers throughout North America, doubling its output from 2013 to 2014. “Concern over highly fluctuating fossil fuel costs and growing consumer...