Biomass heating technologies use organic matter, such as (cord) wood and wood pellets, to produce heat for homes and businesses. NYSERDA will be offering incentive programs for biomass technologies in the summer of 2014.
In his 2014 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo announced the launch of Renewable Heat NY, “a long-term commitment to help the high-efficiency and low-emission biomass heating industry reach scale.” In its initial phase the initiative will aim to:
- Raise consumer awareness;
- Develop larger-scale anchor customers to expand the wood fuel bulk delivery market;
- Lay the foundation for workforce training and support for product development, manufacturing, laboratory and field testing, and equipment certification;
- Leverage NYSERDA’s issuance of the Biomass Heating Roadmap to accelerate the use of biomass for heating using the most efficient, low-emission technologies;
- Identify high profile demonstration projects in state and municipal buildings that are ideally suited for biomass conversion; and
- Provide incentives for advanced efficiency and low-emission technologies to reduce upfront costs, which will phase down as the market achieves scale, and equipment and installation costs decrease.
Renewable Heat NY will also challenge communities to develop clustered approaches for sustainable biomass heating markets through Cleaner Greener Communities (CGC), a competitive grant program, and develop long-term, reasonably priced private sector financing, potentially utilizing support from NY Green Bank. The New York Power Authority (NYPA) can provide financing of all up-front costs for advanced biomass heating systems in State and municipal buildings through its Energy Services Program. The State will also provide support so that sustainable forestry practices are available and followed by small and large landowners.
Call for Qualified Wood Pellet Boiler Technologies
NYSERDA is seeking to pre-qualify residential and commercial wood pellet boilers up to 2 million Btu/h. Pellet boilers must be fully automatic, low mass (low volume) and have sensors and controls to optimize combustion performance. To be listed as a manufacturer with a NYSERDA-qualified technology, submit information and data as described in the Call for Qualified Wood Pellet Boiler Technologies[DOCX] to RHNY@nyserda.ny.gov.