Vermont gets biomass district heat project

By Staff | May 21, 2013

The city of Montpelier, Vt., broke ground on a district heating project that will provide thermal energy to public and private buildings in the downtown area. The project is a joint undertaking by the city and state governments.

The project will include a biomass heating plant built on the site of the existing downtown boiler system. The plant is expected to consume approximately 12,200 tons of locally sourced green wood chips per year. The project also includes the installation of new hot water distribution lines stretching more than an a half mile to an elementary school and police station.

Once complete, the project will provide 41 million Btu of heat to 22 state- and city-owned buildings, with the potential to supply an additional 8.1 Btu of thermal energy to other neighboring buildings.