Chopping costs

Posted on April 14, 2006. Filed under: Wood |

The Country Today, the state’s best newspaper for renewable energy coverage, features a story by Heidi Clausen on wood for energy:

BARRON — Soaring natural gas prices have many businesses and other organizations giving alternative fuels such as wood a second look.

But wood energy is nothing new to some Wisconsin schools, including the Barron Area School District.

District administrator Monti Hallberg said heating with a wood boiler has cut their costs in half.

Focus on Energy and others host a workshop on wood as fuel on April 19 at the Northcentral Technical College Wausau.


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I recently heard a story about this on the radio – more people are using wood, and wood sellers are selling a lot more. however, shipping costs are also up due to higher gas prices. The story said trucks used to ship wood often get as little as 6 MPG. So wood seller’s profit margins are falling. Eventually, that will make the price of wood increase.

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