Vermont's Wood Energy Goals
Vermont has several aggressive renewable energy goals. The overarching state goal is to reach 90% renewable energy by 2050. A part of that is to reach 35% of our thermal energy needs from wood by 2030.
The word "energy" often gets used interchangably with "electricity," but particularly in a cold, rural state like ours, it's important to note that our energy needs include not only electricity, but also thermal and transportation. These groups are roughly equal thirds of the energy pie.
According to a Baseline Study of Wood Heating in Vermont performed by the Biomass Energy Research Center (BERC) in 2016, wood currently accounts for 21% of our thermal energy needs.While getting from 21% to 35% may not seems like a large jump, it will a dramatic shift in how Vermonters think about heating their homes and businesses. With advanced wood heating technology available, it's now easier than ever for everyone to make the switch. In 2018 BERC released a Roadamp to reaching this goal that illustrates one possible path forward.
If we reach our goal:
-We will displace 40 million gallons of fossil fuel annually
-Vermonters will save $120,000,000 annually
With wood heating technology buring more efficiently and cleanly than ever before, you can feel good about about heating with wood! Whether it's cordwood, pellets, or woodchips, there is an appropriate fuel and system for every sized building. When Vermonters heat with fossil fuels, 78 cents of every fuel dollar leaves the state. When we heat with locally sourced wood, all of that money stays right here in our economy, retaining local wealth, keeping our forests as forests, and creating jobs for neighbors.