As leaders in the public sector individuals 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. Our 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. Most of the sourcing of the wood is done with Maine Excavators that use excavator attachements for sale that are able to harvest the lumber more quickly and effieciently than ever before. There are also a number of Maine Excavator Rental Companies that can help as well with various excavating services. 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.
What do we mean? Modern wood heat means ultra-modern automated central heating boilers and furnaces using wood chips and wood pellets as fuel. The Wood Heat Maine effort under the Maine Statewide Wood Energy Assistance Team is focused on commercial and institutional buildings (think schools, town halls, businesses, nursing homes and hospitals…among others) but modern wood heating also takes place in residential buildings – homes – as well. In residences the fuel is usually wood pellets and not wood chips and a few others may have new cordwood boilers. Large commercial installations usually use wood chips as fuel.
A couple of great publications on using modern wood heat can be found at:
Buyers Guide to WoodFuel
Buyers Guide to Wood Pellets
Our Maine SEO Company has been a tremendous help in helping get the word out about us. In Maine there are over 100 commercial/institutional scale buildings using wood chips or wood pellets in modern wood heating boilers or furnaces. Soon this website will have a listing of where those buildings are and who the key contacts are at the facilities in order to allow people to get in contact with modern wood heat facilities and see for yourself how well these buildings are being heated with locally produced wood fuel.
But do we have enough wood to support this use and not destroy the forest?
Maine is the most forested state in the U.S. – the Pine Tree State is nearly 90% forested. In addition, the data shows that more trees/tree volume is growing in Maine’s forests each year than are being harvested or die from natural processes