Shumlin calls for incentives to promote clean-burning, energy efficient wood heat

first_imgIn a move to support local businesses and reduce Vermont’s reliance on foreign oil, Governor Peter Shumlin today called for incentives to promote clean-burning, energy efficient wood heat.Governor Shumlin called on Efficiency Vermont and the state Department of Public Service to create an incentive program to assist Vermonters who choose to switch from oil heat to wood pellet options, and to ensure that plan becomes part of the comprehensive energy plan due from the DPS this fall.‘This makes sense for Vermont’s economy; it makes sense for Vermont’s environment; and it makes sense for Vermonters’ pocketbooks,’ the Governor said at a morning news conference at the State House.Governor Shumlin said the reasons for switching to clean-burning wood pellet heating systems include:· Reducing Vermont’s dependence on foreign oil;· Providing  cleaner alternative to petroleum;· Promoting the use of a local, abundant energy resource that can be sustainably harvested;· Creating local jobs and supporting the local economy (Sunwood Systems in Waitsfield and Pellergy in Barre are examples of local companies that provide jobs linked to wood heating options, for example).‘This would be a good use of local wood and pellets, and a strong integration of our energy goals with our economic interests,’ Governor Shumlin said.Soruce: Governor’s office. 3.29.2011last_img