The Alliance for Eco-friendly Heat was awarded a grant by the University of Maryland Extension (UME) to examine the Maryland wood and pellet stove rebate plan and other point out incentive packages and compose a paper on “best practices” for stove incentive packages.  The paper would be introduced at a conference, revealed as a UME truth sheet, offered on a UME webinar and posted on the internet sites for UME and the Alliance.  Key states we will search at incorporate Maryland, Maine, New York, Oregon, Washington and Massachusetts.  The Alliance has worked formerly with the College of Maryland Extension and created a set of wood heating reality sheets.
Background: In the final two several years, numerous states have initiated wood and pellet stove incentive applications and practically all of them have had to make adjustments right after establishing needs that did not work effectively.  Even though this is a typical part of the studying curve of establishing a system for any appliance or technological innovation, the lessons learned are important for other packages. It is also partly since revolutionary stove incentive applications that consider to target on cleanest or most effective stoves are new and there are not many illustrations to draw from.  Most states craft their very own system and get components from other states.  A lot more states are now in the approach of making a plan and could use a roadmap that lays out what labored nicely and what didn’t.
a.     We will make contact with present packages to see if they have any info that they can release for us to evaluate.  At a bare minimum, we will do a entire examination of data that Maryland can share.  In other states, we will at minimum question for substantial amount details and gather as a lot as achievable from the internet.
b.     We will assessment general public plan objectives of each software, no matter whether its primarily renewable energy production, smoke reduction, supporting to give inexpensive warmth for rural inhabitants or a mixture of the a few.  This will also involve interviews with the managers of individuals packages.
c.      We will evaluation the requirements and demands of every single plan in terms of requiring professional set up and outside air, limiting eligibility of stoves by emissions and performance, restricting eligibility by spot or income of home, etc.
d.     We will consider to create average expenses for the installation and/or elimination of each wooden stove, and match that with the advantages.
Why the Alliance?
This venture taps into a core expertise of the Alliance for Eco-friendly Heat.  We have interactions with the managers of many incentive packages and have supplied suggestions and comments to numerous of them. This report will also be partly an current to a major report on stove incentives we did three years ago that was funded by US Forest Service’s Wood Schooling and Study Middle.
The budget for the venture is $ seven,500 and the College of Maryland Extension Support grant handles a 3rd of that.