For Immediate Release - January 08, 2013

First Round of Woodstove Trade-in Program Closes

Popular energy efficiency program funds close to 100 new stoves, second round of funding set for Jan. 18

BOSTON – January 7, 2013 – Due to overwhelming demand, the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Pilot Program – which provides rebates for the replacement of old, inefficient wood-, wood pellet- or coal-burning stoves – is closed and will no longer accept applications for the program’s first funding block of $100,000.

The pilot program, which was launched by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) on Dec. 27, has exhausted its initial round funding after 12 days. Completed applications that have already been submitted electronically by Jan. 7 and paper applications postmarked by Jan. 7, will be honored as part of the initial round of funding.

DOER, MassCEC and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection are in the process of launching a second round of funding available beginning Jan. 18.

Applications received after Jan. 7 or incomplete applications submitted by Jan. 7 will not be accepted. Applications may be resubmitted on or after Jan. 18, either by mail or electronically at apply.masscec.com once the second round of funding becomes available. More details on the application process for the second round will be added to www.masscec.com/woodstove as they become available.

The Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program provides vouchers of $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. 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.

###