Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) CEO Alicia Barton McDevitt and Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner Mark Sylvia today announced the launch of a new $100,000 pilot incentive program to assist residents in trading their inefficient wood-, wood pellet- or coal-burning stoves for safer, higher-efficiency models.
Residents who qualify for the program – which is a partnership between MassCEC and DOER – will receive a voucher of either $1,000 or $2,000 to replace older non-EPA certified stove models with high efficiency stoves that use less wood and release less air pollution.
“Clean energy adoption can sometimes come from places you least expect it, but have a big impact on our energy costs, our environment and our health,” said Barton McDevitt. “Newer stoves are more efficient, save families money each month on wood costs and provide better air quality that keeps more people healthy.”
Until Jan. 17, 2013, this program will be open only to low-income residents who provide proof of enrollment in the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), MassHealth or Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
After Jan. 17, the program will open up to all eligible Massachusetts residents who have a qualifying woodstove to trade in.
Low-income residents are eligible for a $2,000 rebate, while other Massachusetts residents are eligible for a $1,000 rebate.
“We hope this program inspires people across the Commonwealth to upgrade their wood heating systems and save themselves money, make their homes more comfortable and the air cleaner,” said Commissioner Sylvia.
“This program is a great example of how state agencies work together to support our clean air goals,” said Kenneth Kimmell, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, which is charged with ensuring clean air across the Commonwealth. “Because new woodstoves emit approximately 70 percent less pollution than older, conventional stoves, MassDEP worked with our partner agencies to ensure that the change-out program targets the less-efficient stoves and significantly reduces local particulate emissions.”
Residents can participate in the program by filling out an online application or submitting a paper application. Once it is approved, MassCEC will issue a voucher, which can be redeemed at any participating woodstove dealer in Massachusetts for a discount on the retail price of the stove. MassCEC will then reimburse retailers for the value of the voucher.
To qualify, residents must already have an existing woodstove to trade in and must receive approval for a rebate before purchasing the woodstove. Woodstoves purchased before a rebate is awarded are not eligible for the program.
Residents can apply for a voucher, and access more information on the program, by visiting www.masscec.com/woodstove.
Funding for this program comes from the 2010 Alternative Compliance Payments (ACP) Spending Plan. ACPs are paid by electric retail suppliers if they have insufficient Renewable Energy Certificates to meet their compliance obligations under the Renewable Portfolio Standard programs. DOER establishes the plan for use of these funds to support clean energy development in the Commonwealth.