Peterborough recognized by state wood energy council

  • Charlie Levesque of the N.H. Wood Energy Council, right, presented Peterborough Selectmen Tyler Ward, Barbara Miller, Ed Juengst and Town Administrator Rodney Bartlett with plaques  for its efforts in powering town buildings with wood pellet boilers on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 12/8/2016 6:57:25 AM

Peterborough was recognized on Tuesday by the N.H. Wood Energy Council for their use of wood fueled heat in four town-owned buildings.

Charlie Levesque of Antrim, a member of the Wood Energy Council presented the Select Board with four plaques to hang in each of the town’s buildings heated by wood pellet boilers – the Town House, police station, community center and waste water treatment facility.

“Peterborough is a leader in the state in this,” said Levesque.

“This is one more thing that makes us the ‘greenest town in the state,’” said Selectwoman Barbara Miller.

According to Town Administrator Rodney Bartlett, the wood pellet boilers installed by the town in recent years save the town about $5,000 a year in fuel costs.

“Peterborough’s actions with their wood pellet boilers have reduced their fuel oil use by over 17,000 gallons per year and, as a result, reduces carbon emissions over 160 tons per year, said Levesque.

An the wood fuel creating that heat for our town buildings supports the local economy, because the wood comes from nearby New Hampshire forests where local foresters, loggers and truckers harvest the timber and send some of it to nearby wood pellet mills as feedstock to create this clean wood fuel,” Bartlett added.

In a further sustainability step, the ashes from the wood pellet boilers in town are deposited at the compost pile in the town’s recycling center.

The plaques will be hung in the town buildings which use wood pellet fuel.

The N.H. Wood Energy Council is a public-private education and technical assistance initiative to promote advanced wood heating, and is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and coordinated by North Country Resource Conservation and Development.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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