Biomass Project

Are you thinking about switching to a renewable home heat source?  With support from our partners in Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Lycoming counties, we are able to offer an opportunity for a $500 cost share payment toward the purchase of a new EPA certified wood or pellet stove. 

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503 Reasons to use Wood for Home Heating

Many of us and our neighbors currently use wood for heating our homes. The number one reason is to save money of course, but there are a number of other advantages. Secondly, wood is renewable, as opposed to fossil fuels which take several million years in the making. A third advantage is that using wood supports the local economy by keeping the money either in the user’s pocket or going to a local supplier. On the other hand, approximately 70% of the money for oil leaves the local area, and nearly 40% leaves the country.

Beyond those three reasons, there are 500 more for residents of Sullivan, Bradford, Susquehanna, and Lycoming Counties who qualify for a cost share program initiated by the Endless Mountains Resource Conservation and Development (EMRCD) Council. Because of the advantages of wood, EMRCD has a cost share program providing $500 to residents of these counties currently using oil, propane or coal. This $500 is awarded to applicants who purchase a wood or pellet stove to replace much (or all) of their current fossil fuel use. There are a limited number of awards available, and they are provided on a first come first serve basis. Anyone interested is invited to visit the EMRCD website (, call 570 265-2717, or stop by the Dushore Agway (located on Headley Avenue) on Dec. 17th between 1-3 PM to speak to an EMRCD representative who will be available to answer questions and take applications.

As many of us are aware, using wood for heat requires more participation on the part of the user than turning up the thermostat. Current wood users deserve a pat on the back for making this effort, thereby capitalizing on wood’s advantages. There are actually a number of other advantages of using wood, like less sulphur oxides (acid rain), less nitrous oxides (respiratory irritants), increased markets for low grade wood, etc. But the first 503 reasons should be enough.


Heaters certified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

An EPA-certified wood heater has been independently tested by an accredited laboratory to determine if it meets the particulate emissions limit of 4.5 grams per hour for non-catalytic, catalytic, and pellet wood heaters.  All EPA-certified wood heaters that are offered or advertised for sale in the United States are subject to the 2015 NSPS for New Residential Wood Heaters under the Clean Air Act.

 List of EPA Certified Wood Stoves (PDF)  (27 pp, 434 K, October 2015)


EPA-certified Hydronic Heaters (HH) that meet the 2015 New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) for New Residential Wood Heaters, New Residential Hydronic Heaters and Forced-Air Furnaces at 40 CFR Part 60 (Subpart QQQQ) and are deemed to be EPA-certified until May 15, 2020.  

EPA Certified Hydronic Heater List (PDF)   (5 pp, 159 K, June 2015)

Wood energy gives back to forests

11/4/15,by Anya Litvak, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  --There is a group of people in Pennsylvania, and similar groups across the country, that believes a good way to prevent forest fires is to burn wood — close to, but outside of, the forest.

When forests aren’t properly managed — and funding for such maintenance efforts is as tight as it’s ever been in Pennsylvania — dead trees and plants line the ground emitting methane as they decompose and providing tinder for brush fires.

The dead material has value. Or at least it should, argue members of Pennsylvania’s Wood Energy Team, a new, federally-funded effort to boost the market for wood energy.

Ed Johnstonbaugh, renewable energy educator at Penn State Extension–Westmoreland and one of the organizers of the Wood Energy Team, has set as his goal to elevate wood’s profile to the rank of natural gas, coal and fuel oil. So, if you’re a school or a hospital and you’re in the market for a new boilers, wood should have a place at the table.  (click here to read full article)


An Independent Performance Review of Six Stoves

October 2015, The Alliance for Green Heat -- Purchasing a pellet stove can still be a confusing endeavor. This report provides performance reviews of six popular pellet stoves and provides consumers with important background for what to consider in any pellet stove purchase.  (click here to read full article)


Info Sheet


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