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Town of North Hudson Installs a Wood Pellet Boiler in Town Highway Garage – Just in Time for Christmas

Funding Helped Make the Project a “No-Brainer” for the Town

NORTH HUDSON, NY – Santa Claus may typically enter through a chimney, but for the Town of North Hudson, this year he is installing the chimney – and the new wood pellet boiler – just in time for Christmas.

The new boiler is a fully automated, self-feeding, high-efficiency wood pellet boiler that will provide whole-building heat via the hot water distribution system in the concrete slab of the Town Highway Garage. The new boiler replaces an outdoor cordwood wood boiler that was no longer operational. It will allow the town to minimize the money they spend on oil to heat the building.

“We are very excited to be installing an automated wood pellet boiler,” said Town Supervisor Ron Moore. “We looked at other alternatives, but we decided that this is the best option for us. We get to use wood for heat and we will support jobs and the forest products industry through that decision, without requiring our Town staff to spend time managing a cordwood boiler.”

“With the funding support that was available to us, this decision is a real no-brainer for our town,” said Moore. “But this will be a gift that keeps on giving – to our town, its taxpayers, its staff, and the regional economy.”

The Town’s installation is receiving support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) through Renewable Heat NY, and from the Northern Forest Center through the Adirondack Model Neighborhood project.

Launched in 2014, Renewable Heat NY is Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s initiative aimed at building a sustainable, high-efficiency, low-emissions wood heating sector in New York. It also supports quicker

development of this industry, raises consumer awareness, supports New York-based advanced technology heating businesses, and encourages local sustainable heating markets.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “By choosing a clean and efficient wood boiler North Hudson is demonstrating that it’s possible to reduce expenses, improve operations and make environmental progress at the same time—a triple win. Projects like this one that are supported by Renewable Heat NY are part of Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading strategy to create a cleaner, more affordable energy system for all New Yorkers and I applaud North Hudson for helping lead the way.”

“We are thrilled that North Hudson is joining hundreds of other municipalities, businesses and homeowners across the Northern Forest by making the switch to use an automated pellet boiler,” said Northern Forest Center program director Maura Adams. “The Northern Forest Center has supported nearly 150 similar installations to date, and we see the results every day – through satisfied consumers and measurable regional results. We’ve calculated that these installations have generated $2.6 million in regional economic benefit, and saved 3,200 tons of carbon dioxide from being emitted into the atmosphere.”

The Northern Forest Center, which helps create economic opportunity and community vitality from healthy working forests in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York, supports automated wood heat because of this technology’s promise to meet the region’s heating needs, support the forest products industry, keep working forests as forests, and keep dollars spent on heating recirculating in the local economy. “For each dollar spent on heating oil, 78 cents immediately leaves the region,” said Adirondack project manager Leslie Karasin. “When we buy wood pellets, every dollar stays local, and ripples through the economy, supporting jobs and local industries in our communities.” The Center’s Adirondack Model Neighborhood work has received funding from the Northern Border Regional Commission as well as private funders.

North Hudson is working with Ehrhart Energy on the installation. Ehrhart, based in Trumansburg, NY, is a qualified contractor through NYSERDA’s Renewable Heat NY program, and is one of the state’s most experienced installers of wood pellet boilers.

“We are happy to be helping North Hudson make the switch to using a wood pellet boiler,” said Bill Overbaugh, President of Ehrhart Energy. “This is a heating solution that is a great fit for North Country communities, as well as many rural communities across New York State, and Ehrhart is excited to bring the convenience, cost-effectiveness, and comfort of this heating solution to North Hudson with this installation.”

The installation is utilizing a Pellergy boiler. Pellergy, based in Montpelier, VT, imports a state-of-the-art Austrian boiler and makes it available for the US market.

“We have seen the adoption of this boiler technology taking off in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine,” said Andy Boutin, President and CEO of Pellergy, Inc. “We are excited that New Yorkers are starting to take advantage of this opportunity as well.”

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The Center’s programs have benefited 5,300 jobs in wood products manufacturing, tourism and wood heat through direct business assistance and skills training initiatives.

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