Roadmap Initiated in 2009
In 2008 North Country RC&D brought together a group of over 40 individuals representing communities, organizations, and public agencies throughout New Hampshire to explore how and why energy from wood biomass could be expanded in New Hampshire for heat, cooling, and power generation.
This was in response to:
- A series of workshops and tours at successful institutional-scale wood biomass heated facilities around New Hampshire,
- The completion of several wood biomass heat conversion feasibility studies at:
- New Hampshire schools,
- A university campus,
- Two county administrative complexes,
- A state government building, and
- A community-scale wood biomass district heating system in Groveton, New Hampshire.
One of the first ideas to surface was the need for a user-friendly decision-making tool that could help lead a community or group through the myriad important issues and decisions that are involved in pursuing a wood biomass energy project, from a single building to an entire community district. From there, the idea for this workbook took shape.
The Roadmap is a civic decision-making tool to help New Hampshire communities through the information-gathering process required to decide whether woody biomass heating and cooling technologies applied to one or more buildings can be expected to help meet one or more community goals.
This workbook was created so that communities will have the information they need and a logical process to follow to make informed decisions about the role biomass may play in their energy future.
While this Roadmap can be used by interested individuals, it is really designed to be used by groups such as energy or conservation committees, facilities building committees, or economic development groups working together to gather and interpret information about their community.
This project was funded by the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Fund (GHGERF), a program initiated to lower greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. The GHGERF consists of proceeds from the auction of carbon allowances through New Hampshire’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), an effort by 10 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from the electric power sector.
If you would like to learn more about the Roadmap, just click on the links provided below or contact our office for assistance.
Download the complete Community Roadmap manual, a step-by-step decision-making tool for New Hampshire communities
Learn about using the Electronic Roadmap
Roadmap Feedback Form