Western Maine Community Action hosted The Maine Pellet Summit – A Maine Solution at Strong Elementary School on Saturday, October 13, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.
Note: The summit was held as scheduled, and by all accounts was a huge success.
To see the agenda, click here: Pellet Summit Agenda
The following is taken from the advance publicity that was distributed to media and stake holders:
“The summit seeks to increase public knowledge and appreciation for wood fueled heating and energy systems, especially among schools, municipalities, and small to medium businesses. These systems can reduce our energy costs and our dependence on petroleum based fuels, create and retain jobs in Western Maine, support sustainable forestry, boost the local economy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The summit will bring together engineers and experts in bio-based energy systems, advocates for forest based economic and conservation initiatives, vendors of high efficiency pellet boilers and furnaces, school administrators,facility managers for schools, community colleges, municipalities and hospitals, local, state and federal representatives, selectpersons, business owners and private citizens. The goal is to inspire decision makers and concerned citizens to become actively engaged in pursuing wood to energy solutions in their local towns and communities. The presentations will feature successes already achieved, existing opportunities for grants and incentives, the bigger picture for combined heat and energy systems, vocational opportunities for technicians and installers, and more. There will be opportunities to visit the SAD 58 and Town of Strong municipal building installations, as well as a tour of the Geneva Wood Fuels pellet mill in town. Lunch will be provided.”