Monday, October 10, 2016

Wood Energy Events Showcase Bioenergy

If you ever thought about using wood for energy, Penn State Extension has some great opportunities coming up this October.

Would you like to learn how advanced wood heat can help your school, business, or institution? The PA Wood Energy Team is hosting a series of educational events in recognition of the observance of National Bioenergy Day on October 19th. 

First, an "Advanced Wood Energy for Schools, Businesses, and Communities" workshop, co-sponsored by the Northern Tier Hardwood Association, is scheduled for October 15th from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm.  Learn how to save money on heating costs and transform operations to a renewable and sustainable source while supporting the local economy and the environment by helping to create healthier forests. Topics of presentations include the availability and sustainability of biomass fuels, advanced systems for wood heat, and project development considerations. There will also be educational and vendor displays.  Registration is $10, and includes lunch and a wood heat system tour.  Register online at

Second, a "National Bioenergy Day Celebration" is planned for Caledonia State Park (near Gettysburg) on October 19th from 10am-3pm, where information, displays, and informal tours of the park's wood energy system will be given.  Come and go as time permits, no registration required. 

Last, we have a second "Advanced Wood Energy for Schools, Businesses, andCommunities" workshop scheduled for October 22nd from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm at West Branch School District in Morrisdale.  The school's brand new bioamss heating system will be featured along with presentations and discussion on wood energy systems and project opportunities.  Registration is $10, and includes lunch and a wood heat system tour.  Register online at

Dan Ciolkosz, Penn State Extension, and Sarah Hall-Bagdonas, Northern Tier Hardwood Association

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