For Immediate Release - December 27, 2012

                         

Woodstove Trade-in Program Offers Discounts for New Clean Stoves

 Eligible residents could receive up to $2,000 toward the purchase of new, more efficient and safer models

BOSTON – December 27, 2012 – 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.

 

About MassCEC

Created by the Green Jobs Act of 2008, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies and projects in the Commonwealth—while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. Since its inception in 2009, MassCEC has helped clean energy companies grow, supported municipal clean energy projects and invested in residential and commercial renewable energy installations creating a robust marketplace for innovative clean technology companies and service providers.

 About DOER

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources develops and implements policies and programs aimed at ensuring the adequacy, security, diversity, and cost-effectiveness of the Commonwealth’s energy supply within the context of creating a cleaner energy future.