Vermont Business Magazine
At a gathering to celebrate Goddard College’s new woodchip district heating plant, the Biomass Energy Research Center (BERC) and Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) released a report Wednesday called Expanded Use of Wood Heating in Vermont. With Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan to meet 90 percent of the state’s energy needs through renewables, the organizations said in a statement that advancing wood heating is a critical part of meeting our climate commitments. The report offers a roadmap to reach 35 percent of Vermont’s heating demands with wood heating by 2030.
“The goal of 35% was set because that is the level that can be sustainably supported by Vermont’s own forests,” said Adam Sherman from BERC, “but we felt we needed a clearer picture of what that meant. Just how many stoves and how many boilers will have to be installed to reach this goal?”