Wood Heat Maine is supported through the Maine Statewide Wood Energy Assistance Team (Maine SWEAT), a program of the Maine Forest Service and supported through a grant from the USDA Forest Service. Maine SWEAT is a group of private and public sector individuals (see who we are here) who believe in the environmental and economic benefits of encouraging Mainers who own and manage commercial and institutional type buildings and facilities to switch to modern wood heat – using locally produced wood chips and wood pellets for fuel. Using wood fuel in modern automated boilers and furnaces to heat buildings in Maine is carbon-friendly, costs less than fossil-fuel heat, and supports local jobs and business who produce the fuel and install the boilers and furnaces and maintain them.
The mission of Maine SWEAT is to coordinate the delivery of technical, outreach, and financial assistance to interested individuals, communities, and organizations. Maine SWEAT’s work program promotes and stimulates the market for high efficiency/low emissions biomass heating technologies through outreach and education, supported by public and private industry collaboration, and targeted technical assistance. The project includes outreach to current and potential users of wood energy, particularly those in rural and/or underserved communities as well as to current and potential suppliers of wood, including the White Mountain National Forest and the Native American tribes that own land in Maine. The project seeks to quantify current demands, potential new demands, constraints, and opportunities for increasing the use of wood energy in the state.
Maine’s Statewide Wood Energy Assistance Team is funded by the USDA Forest Service through its Wood Innovation Grant program. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number is 10.674.
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