HB 931 – Renewable Strength Portfolio Standard – Thermal Power
Day: February twenty, 2014
Committee: Financial Matters
John Ackerly, President
Alliance for Eco-friendly Heat
6930 Carroll Ave., Suite 407
Takoma Park, Maryland 20912
The Alliance for Green Heat urges the Financial Issues Committee to situation a favorable report on HB 931 both in its current kind or with amendments that leaves current biomass services in Tier one of the RPS.
Initial of all, we would like to thank the Maryland Thermal Strength Job Drive and assistance their recommendations. While it was disappointing that the bill to consist of thermal woody biomass in the RPS previous 12 months did not pass, the generation of this Task Power was an exceptional thought so that there could be far more regularity to thermal power pathways in the RPS.
The Alliance for Eco-friendly Warmth focuses on residential wooden and pellet heating which is by far the biggest contributor of residential renewable strength in Maryland and the United States.
There are twelve million installations of wood and pellet heating appliances in the United States, when compared to significantly less than 50 percent a million photo voltaic panel installations. Biomass warmth can tap into this massive household renewable power market place because it is much far more inexpensive than solar or geothermal. The difficulty is that most residences in Maryland and the US that use wood warmth have old stoves that are too polluting. We have focused our incentives on photo voltaic and geothermal, which favor wealthy family members and remaining out rural center and lower-revenue people who warmth with wooden and pellets. Including household thermal biomass in the RPS will extend the advantages of the RPS to average Maryland people and not just focus those benefits on the wealthy family members that set up photo voltaic and geothermal and who are typically concentrated in Montgomery and Howard counties.
We think all Maryland homes ought to have the option to participate in our renewable vitality long term and that indicates including systems like new, large performance EPA certified wooden and pellet stoves in the RPS. We commend the Maryland Power Administration for starting up a grant software for wood and pellet stoves, like they have for photo voltaic, but this rebate is basically not enough for numerous people to get over the original purchase price of a method that can properly warmth their whole property. Residential thermal RECS will enable reduced and center-earnings Maryland family members to benefit from this financial framework just like rich Maryland households.
For these factors, we strongly favor reforming the RPS to be a lot more expense efficient and far more technologies neutral in reaching the renewable vitality ambitions that are essential to Maryland’s financial and environmental overall health and properly-currently being.
HB931 creates an incentive to far more efficiently utilize our finite biomass methods, putting much less stress on the sustainability of our forests to satisfy growing energy requires. HB931 will enhance jobs, prosperity, and economic advantages related with utilizing biomass for energy in Maryland.
We support the sixty five% effectiveness bare minimum. If anything, with regard to household wooden and pellet heating, 65% is as well minimal. Most household wood and pellet heaters accomplish 70% performance and the ideal kinds are more than 80%, measured in higher heat value (HHV) using the EPA endorsed CSA B415.one calculation. Presented the varied stakeholders impacted by this laws, we believe 65% efficiency is truthful and achievable.
We also strongly assistance excluding wood squander that contains handled or painted wooden since most non-utility scale crops do not have the emission control techniques that could take care of wooden squander with out generating air good quality troubles.