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Heating the Northeast with Renewable Biomass: A Bold Vision for 2025 is a call for an American Revolution to domestically produce the thermal energy consumed in the six New England states and New York. We propose that 25% of all thermal energy requirements in the Northeast are met with renewable energy resources by the year 2025.
Key Findings and Conclusions of the Report
Download a presentation on the Vision given by NEBTWG Steering Committee Co-Chairman Charlie Niebling on August 5, 2010.
Additional ResourcesBiomass heating in Upper Austria: Green energy, green jobs
This publication, recently released by the O.O. Energiesparverband (Upper Austrian Renewable Energy Agency), is a comprehensive yet concise how-to guide written with much relevance for the northeastern United States. It describes how private land owners and business entrepreneurs have, with the support of state policy, gained rapid ground on the state’s policy of meeting 100% of its electrical and space heating demand from renewable sources by 2030.
The state of Upper Austria is in land area, population, climate, and forest area much like several of the Northeast states. In the last 15 years Upper Austria achieved rapid and deep reaching renewable energy success. The statistics for the small state of Upper Austria are impressive:
Placing an emphasis on renewable biomass energy has had far reaching benefits for both Upper Austria’s citizens and its land. The sustainable use of forest and agricultural resources is of utmost importance to Austria’s economy and therefore these resources are carefully utilized with an underlying principle of a stable and functioning ecosystem. The northeastern U.S. should consider the story of Upper Austria when shaping its renewable energy policies.
In addition to the Northeast Biomass Thermal Working Group, the Vision is supported by the Maine Pellet Fuel Association, the Pellet Fuels Institute, the New York Biomass Energy Alliance, the Alliance For Green Heat and the Biomass Thermal Energy Council. This report is a work in progress. We welcome all feedback, criticism and ideas.
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