Biomass heating initiative to launch in NY

By Staff | March 27, 2014

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced plans to launch a biomass heating initiative as part of his 2014 agenda. The program, known as Renewable Heat NY, is described in the agenda as “a long-term commitment to help the high-efficiency and low-emission biomass heating industry reach scale.”

During the first year, the program will aim to increase consumer awareness and develop larger-scale anchor customers that energy firms need to begin the transition of their heating oil delivery business fleet to bulk biomass. The program also includes components related to workforce training, manufacturer support, community support, and financing.

"Renewable Heat NY will give the biomass heating sector a much needed boost, while at the same time spurring local economic activity and offering New Yorkers real savings and security,” said Charlie Niebling, president of the New York Biomass Energy Alliance. “Seventy-eight cents of every dollar spent on heating oil leaves the state; with biomass heating, fuel dollars remain in the state, recirculating in local and regional economies."