A New Community Wood Energy Program

In rural communities across the country, people lack access to local heating fuel. Importing those fossil fuels can be expensive and impede energy independence and security.

The Community Wood Energy Program is a bold solution to this problem. It proposes:

  • $250 million over five years for grants to cover up to 35% of the installed capital costs of high-efficiency wood heating
  • Preference to local communities with limited access to gas pipelines
  • High standards for measuring the efficiency of a funded heating system

BTEC’s proposal to the Forests in the Farm Bill Coalition has been endorsed by 14 organizations. With our allies in the FIFB coalition, we will fight to include and fund this program when the Farm Bill is reauthorized in 2018.

Senators Shaheen and Collins’ Community Wood Innovations Act bill text here >>

Senators Shaheen and Collins’ Community Wood Innovations Act fact sheet here >>

BTEC Sustaining Members