Statewide Council Formed in January, 2013
The use of wood biomass for heating, cooling, process energy and electricity production has increased in New Hampshire for several years.
Expanding the use of this renewable source of energy in NH is not only possible but beneficial when done within the capacity of the State’s forest resources. Continued expansion of the use of wood for energy requires increased education about forest resource availability and the use of the most efficient wood to energy technologies.
Opportunities to use wood energy to replace fossil fuels can provide increased economic benefits to all residents and businesses in New Hampshire and move the state towards the Governor’s goal of using 25% Renewable Energy by 2025. Increased interaction and collaboration by those interested in the sustainable use of the State’s forest resources to provide the most environmental, economic and social benefits from the forest will help New Hampshire realize this Renewable Energy goal.
Nationally, the US Department of Agriculture has directed the US Forest Service to increase its wood to energy efforts as part of that Agency’s continuing focus on building a forest restoration economy connected to the management of all lands. By placing a strong emphasis on developing renewable energy while restoring the nation’s forests, USDA strives to create and retain sustainable rural jobs, conserve forests, and address societal needs.
For these reasons the NH State Forester and the U.S. Forest Service invite you to join to form the NH Wood Energy Council provides support to NH communities, institutions, agencies and commercial facility owners that are considering the use of wood for energy.
The Nh Wood Energy Council consists of:
- Individuals, organizations, NH businesses, industry associations and non profits interested in the sustainable use of forest resources, development of renewable energy alternatives;
- Regional and community agencies sustaining local economies and meeting social needs, and
- State and Federal agencies interested in maintaining and expanding the economic benefits from the state’s forest resources.
The NH Wood Energy Council is a national pilot, testing and refining tools and methods in preparation for future combined State and USDA Forest Service wood to energy efforts. As such our plan is that results be quick and replicable. All lessons learned, significant outcomes and results, relevant data, and information products will be identified, compiled, and distributed to interested parties.
Actions of the NH Wood Energy Council include (but not limited to) the following:
- Create and conduct educational outreach to existing and potential wood energy clients in NH;
- Search out, evaluate and support wood energy projects that utilize proven, efficient technologies and design concepts, especially those not yet widely implemented in NH or New England;
- Facilitate the development of training materials and programs for architects, engineers, builders, HVAC designers and system installation contractors, and facility operators and managers that promote the most efficient utilization of wood energy systems;
- Engage the financial services and community development organizations to encourage investments in infrastructure that meet state, regional and local needs while utilizing the most efficient uses of wood energy;
- Develop and maintain a repository of case studies, model requests for proposals and contracts, model agreements for multiple owner systems, and lists of financing options;
- Encourage landowners and forest managers to investigate opportunities to collaborate with system owners in long-term supply agreements
The U.S. Forest Service has provided financial and technical resources to support the work of the NH Wood Energy Council. The North Country Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Area Council facilitate and coordinates the work of the NH Wood Energy Council.
The NH Wood Energy Council builds upon the North Country RC&D Council’s effort in developing the “Community Roadmap to Renewable Woody Biomass Energy.”
Your can learn more about the services available from the NHWEC at www.nhwoodenergycouncil.org/