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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Potter County Commissioners Support Biomass Bill

biomassPotter County Commissioners Susan Kefover, Paul Heimel and Doug Morley have come out in support of House Bill 1040, which would establish the Pennsylvania Fuels for Schools and Beyond Program along with a fund to support the initiative.

“We believe this program would be very beneficial to the state and would have a positive economic impact on Potter County and other areas that have an abundance of low-grade biomass materials,” the commissioners wrote in a letter to Sen. Joe Scarnati and Rep. Martin Causer. “Two local institutions, Charles Cole Memorial Hospital and the Galeton Area School District, are especially interested in converting their existing heating systems to biomass energy and others would likely follow.”

The commissioners pointed out that woody biomass energy materials are purchased locally and make excellent use of low-grade timber. An estimated 90 percent of the funds used to produce and use biomass energy remain in the local economy, they said.

Headwaters Resource Conservation and Development Council is pushing for passage of HB 1040. Potter County’s representative on that council is Mitch DeLong, who is active in the RC&D Agriculture Committee. He has been a leader in that organization’s efforts to promote the greater use of biomass materials for energy production.


Anonymous said...

Good Job Mitch and commisioners! Brad

Woody Woodpecker said...

Yep ...this is nice...there goes the price of wood pellets.....

Anonymous said...

biomass is a different breed than wood pellets. no processing involved in biomass applications. i would go as far as say this is a threat to the wood pellet market which could drive prices down (although I admit to not being 100% positive about my last sentence)

Anonymous said...

I think that was Woody's point.Don't we have a pellet factory in the area that is an EMPLOYER?

Anonymous said...

whoops, sorry. yeah, i missed the point i thought it was that the price of pellets will go through the roof and hurt customers of the product. i see where you are coming from now.