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Annual Vermont Woodchip and Pellet Heating Conference Draws Both Current and Potential Users of Wood-Heated Systems in Vermont Schools and Businesses


Vermont leads the nation in school wood heating with more than 30% of Vermont’s K-12 public school students attending a biomass-heated school.  This use displaces more than a million gallons of heating oil each year.  One reason for this success is the Vermont Woodchip and Pellet Heating Conference, where people who have systems or are considering installing one can learn, peer-to-peer, from other users and suppliers.  The conference offers updates on trends in the industry as well as the release of the annual Vermont school wood-use survey.  The day’s activities will culminate in a guided tour of the recently installed state-of-the-art biomass heating system at National Life.


  • Opening remarks by Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, BERC Executive Director Brenda Quiroz Maday, and Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation Wood Utilization Forester Paul Frederick
  • Keynote address on Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan by Christopher Recchia, Deputy Secretary, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
  • Legislative initiatives/update by Vermont State Senator Ginny Lyons
  • Workshops on varying aspects of community-scale biomass use conducted by experts in the biomass industry
  • Organized by BERC, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, and the Vermont Superintendents Association School Energy Management Program


National Life Group Headquarters, 1 National Life Drive, Montpelier, Vermont  05604


Monday, January 16, 2012, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

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