Oldfangled Regulations Hold Back Adoption of Wood Pellet Heat – Make your voice heard!

The Nashua Telegraph ran a feature yesterday exploring out-of-date regulations that are holding wood pellet heat back in the great state of New Hampshire.

Reporter David Brooks interviewed Goffstown, NH resident Richard Goulet, who is struggling to refinance his home through the Federal Housing Administration; Mr. Goulet ran into problems when the FHA declared his recently installed pellet boiler an unreliable heating system, not powerful enough to run as a primary heat source. In other words, before the FHA will support his refinancing, they want to see a supplemental system in place – in this case, one that runs on fossil fuels.

Mr. Brooks interviewed our own Jon Strimling, president and CEO of WoodPellets.com, to take the industry’s pulse on such action by a federal agency. Mr. Strimling explained that the laws are written around the idea of a wood stove that has to be regularly and manually stoked, not an automatically fed pellet system. But, he says, “the systems have matured since the laws and regulations were written, but the paperwork hasn’t kept up.”

With the increasing prevalence of automatically fed pellet boilers and furnaces in the US – not to mention tried-and-true pellet stoves and inserts, which provide significant efficiency gains through space heating – wood pellet heating systems are affordable, a viable and reliable source of heat, capable of acting as either a primary or supplementary heating system.

Wood pellet heat is about using local, sustainable, affordable resources. It’s about reducing our impact on this planet and improving our way of life for future generations – and regulatory policy should support those who support renewable energy.

If we’re serious about keeping American dollars invested in our local and regional economies, about offering a convenient way to significantly reduce heating bills (as well as carbon footprints), then we need to make our voices heard. Contact your representatives on the local, state, and national stages, and let them know you support a cleaner, greener future. Let them know that people who choose wood pellet heat should be afforded the same concessions and benefits as those who invest in other renewable energies.

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