Just in time for the temperatures to dip and with wintery weather on its way, the Town of Saranac, NY installed a new high-efficiency automated wood pellet boiler. Saranac Councilman Jerry Delaney Jr. reports that it is keeping the municipal facility comfortable and the town is thrilled to be using a local energy resource that keeps wealth in the region.

The Northern Forest Center and Western Maine Community Action hosted economic development, state housing officials and state legislators on a tour of the Farmington Model Neighborhood Wood Heat Initiative. Those following the tour witnessed the first day of operation for many of the modern wood heat systems. They travelled to locations including the Old South Church and Fairbanks Church in Farmington, participating homes, and a community building on Main St. in Wilton.

Public policy is an important tool for accelerating the adoption of modern wood heating across the Northern Forest and beyond. Using the stories and data from our Model Neighborhood Initatives, the Center advocates for energy policies at the state and federal level that will make it easier for the domestic wood pellet and wood chip heating sectors to grow.