Webinar tackles barriers to growth in residential wood heat use

By Lisa Gibson | July 12, 2011

Ten percent of homes in the U.S. use wood or pellet heat but barriers remain in the way of rapid growth in the sector, according to the Alliance for Green heat.

The Future of Residential Wood & Pellet Heat in America, a webinar co-hosted by the Alliance for Green Heat and the Biomass Thermal Energy Council, will address those barriers and discuss how the federal and state governments can prepare for an increase in residential wood heat. The event will be held July 19 at 2 p.m. ET and will feature a number of speakers.

Charlie Niebling, BTEC chair, will present Federal Policy Landscape in the U.S. and Europe for Thermal Biomass, followed by Jon Strimling, CEO of American Biomass, with his presentation Scaling Up Residential Biomass: European and Americas Case Studies. John Ackerly, president of the Alliance for Green Heat, will deliver his presentation titled Policy Opportunities for Incentivizing Wood Heat at the State Level, and Rachel Sakata, of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, will present Strategies to Reduce Particulates from Wood Heating Appliances. The webinar will be moderated by Tatiana Butler, program manager for the Alliance for Green Heat.

American households can divert around $3 billion away from fossil fuels by heating with wood, according to the Alliance for Green Heat, and conditions in both the U.S. and Europe are creating more demand for wood heat.

To register for the event, click here.