The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have recently announced the roll-out of a comprehensive set of programs under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Renewable Heat NY (RHNY) initiative.
RHNY is Governor Cuomo’s long-term commitment to help the high-efficiency, low-emission biomass heating industry reach scale. It will encourage quicker development of the industry, raise consumer awareness, support the development of New York-based advanced technology heating products, and develop local sustainable heating markets that use biomass as fuel. RHNY also aims to reduce wood smoke, fine particles, and carbon monoxide emissions.
Biomass is any plant-derived organic matter available on a renewable basis. Although it includes many different types of plant-derived organic matter, RHNY focuses on the use of wood pellets and cordwood because these sources can currently be most efficiently burned with reduced emissions.
Wood heating increased in the U.S. in general and in New York State from 2000 to 2010, according to U.S. Census data. This increase occurred as the price of home heating oil, the major heating fuel in rural New York State outside of the natural gas distribution system, doubled. Home heating oil has continued to increase by 30% over 2010 prices and is now almost triple (270%) the price in 2000. For people with an existing oil-fired heating system, using wood heat as either a primary whole house heating alternative or supplementing by adding a wood or pellet stove can save significantly on fuel costs. Visit NYSERDA’s site for information on the types of high-efficiency, low-emissions pellet boilers supported under RHNY.
David Dungate, president of Bioenergy Biomass Partners, LLC, attended the launch of RHNY and sat down with Courtney Strong, Inc. to explain to interested customers, the benefits of wood heating systems and NYSERDA’s involvement in the industry.
If you are interested in biomass technology and would like to learn whether your residential or commercial property can access the NYSERDA incentives under the RHNY program, please contact your local EDGE ROC and visit the Renewable Heat NY Web page.