NYS Adds Wood-Fired Heating Projects to Mohawk Valley and Adirondacks

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(John Rhodes, President of NYSERDA, Ellen Burkhard Sr. Project Manager, NYSERDA, Mark Odell, Sales Manager, Econoburn)

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and Vincent’s Heating and Fuel Service have 15 commercial and residential high-efficiency, low-emission wood pellet-fired heating projects and the availability of bulk pellet delivery in the Mohawk Valley and North Country, according to a NYSERDA press release.

Said John B. Rhodes, president and CEO of NYSERDA. “These wood-fired heating projects demonstrate that New Yorkers who want to burn wood for heat are taking advantage of new, cleaner technology that saves money, and benefits the environment and the economy.”

The 15 projects announced today are located in the following areas:

Mohawk Valley

Construction of three 70-ton silos for pellet storage at Vincent’s Heating and Fuel, LLC’s facility in Poland, N.Y. and support for a pellet delivery truck.

Six commercial high efficiency pellet boiler systems:

  • Deerfield Highway Garage
  • Deerfield Municipal Building
  • Old Forge Hardware
  • Town of Webb Municipal Building
  • Town of Webb Highway Garage
  • Total Body Fitness in Barneveld

Five residential systems:

  • Two residential projects in Cold Brook
  • One residential project in Poland
  • One residential project in Clinton
  • One residential project in Utica

North Country

Two commercial high efficiency pellet boiler systems:

  • Indian Lake District Heating Project
  • Town of Morehouse Highway Building

Two residential systems:

  • One residential project in Potsdam
  • One residential project in Cleveland

NYSERDA said its  Renewable Heat NY initiative, launched last year, promotes “the highest efficiency class of wood-fired heating technologies in the nation, and is expected to make New York State a national leader in developing this low-emission industry.”

Vincent’s Heating Owner Laurie Vincent said, “We at Vincent’s Heating are proud of the commitment NYSERDA and our company have made to the environment and our communities. Our mission since our first pellet delivery has been to clean up the landfills one wood pellet bag at a time through bulk delivery, and provide a significantly cheaper and cleaner fuel than fossil fuels. With the support of the State, we can build the necessary infrastructure and embark on our vision to build a partnership with the future.”

State Senator Joseph A. Griffo, chairman of the New York State Senate Energy & Telecommunications Committee, said, “The projects launched under this program will demonstrate to residents, businesses and municipalities that locally grown wood, sustainably harvested and combined with the highest efficiency low-emission wood-fired technology, is an excellent addition to our state’s fuel diversity, especially in areas of the state where forest wood is plentiful, such as the Mohawk Valley, North Country and the Southern Tier.”Griffo added, “I look forward to the success of Renewable Heat NY and a growing new market in New York that will bring jobs and more affordable, clean heating options to consumers.”

State Assemblyman Marc Butler said, “Vincent’s Heating & Fuel, LLC is in the process of an exciting transition in which it will be able to offer customers energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly wood pellet boilers and furnaces. I look forward to seeing how Gov. Cuomo’s Cleaner, Greener Communities program will help Vincent’s grow and reach more customers. This investment will allow jobs to grow in this field and provide an alternative home heating fuel option that focuses on sustainable and renewable wood products.”

Evoworld CEO Lou Okonski said, “With the help of the Renewable Heat NY initiative, we are on the way to making an advanced biomass heating technology familiar to the residents of New York State. This is a step toward a needed evolution in our energy portfolio. This technology will provide economical heat and allow for a renewable and sustainable fuel while giving consumers a reliable, stable and inexpensive heating choice. We have “Made in NY” boilers, with renewable fuel from New York State forests, serviced and fueled by a New York State company.”

Matt McArdle, Chair of the New York Bioenergy Alliance and president, MESA Reduction Engineering and Processing, said, “These projects are helping catalyze the high-efficiency and low-emissions wood heating industry, and provide New Yorkers with an alternative to the high price of available fossil fuels. The New York Bioenergy Alliance applauds the efforts made through the Renewable Heat NY initiative, which will tap in to today’s sustainable forestry practices, assuring a truly renewable and low cost domestic heating fuel for generations to come.”

Nick Matt, CEO and Chairman of F.X. Matt Brewing Co. in Utica, Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council member, said, “These projects win on all fronts. The Vincent’s Heating project leverages regional assets to create jobs, enable innovation in Upstate manufacturing, expand the market for forest products, and offer a clean, domestic, low-cost alternative to oil to rural communities. The environmental benefits are substantial and the annual savings realized by homeowners and businesses will continue to ripple throughout the local economy for generations. The projects align with the goals of the 2015 Clean Energy Economy Conference planned for June 11-12 at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica.”

Deerfield Town Supervisor Scott Mahardy said, “The Town of Deerfield is excited to partner with NYSERDA and Vincent’s Heating in a project that will stabilize our future cost structure utilizing a dependable renewable resource in wood pellets versus the volatility of oil.”

Mark Odell, Sales Manager of Econoburn Boilers said, “We joined one of our Field Partners, Vincent’s Heating & Fuel Service, LLC as they really crank up the heat in sales of wood-fired projects. We congratulate them in taking advantage of all the NYSERDA opportunities and advancing the cause of high-efficiency, low-emission bio-mass heating in New York State. It was great seeing everyone, keep up the great work!”

 

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