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Wood-Energy Group To Provide 'Coaches' For Wood-Boiler Installs

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Thanks to a $250,000 dollar federal grant a new group is working to promote the burning of wood for heating in high-efficiency boilers in the Granite state

The New Hampshire Wood Energy Council consists of nearly fifty biomass supporters from state agencies, non-profit organizations, and industry representatives. Those representatives will serve as ambassadors for using wood-pellet and wood-chip boilers.

“We’ll be providing assistance on a competitive basis, and selected projects will then be offered the services of what we’re calling a coach,” says Rick DeMark, executive director of the new group.  

The coaching will be targeted to towns, schools and other large buildings, including financial assistance for doing feasibility studies.

The group will also host seminars and conferences, one for wood-boiler operators scheduled for next week has already booked over a hundred participants

Sam Evans-Brown has been working for New Hampshire Public Radio since 2010, when he began as a freelancer. He shifted gears in 2016 and began producing Outside/In, a podcast and radio show about “the natural world and how we use it.” His work has won him several awards, including two regional Edward R. Murrow awards, one national Murrow, and the Overseas Press Club of America's award for best environmental reporting in any medium. He studied Politics and Spanish at Bates College, and before reporting was variously employed as a Spanish teacher, farmer, bicycle mechanic, ski coach, research assistant, a wilderness trip leader and a technical supporter.

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