New York Businesses Energized By Green Initiatives, Biomass

Upstate New York is leading the way in the biomass industry, and local businesses are tapping in. Old Forge Properties, including Enchanted Forest/Water Safari and Water’s Edge Inn and Conference Center, recently announced a biomass heating project and anticipates receiving a grant to cover 75% of the $2.2 million endeavor, President and CEO Tim Noonan […]

Upstate New York is leading the way in the biomass industry, and local businesses are tapping in.

Old Forge Properties, including Enchanted Forest/Water Safari and Water’s Edge Inn and Conference Center, recently announced a biomass heating project and anticipates receiving a grant to cover 75% of the $2.2 million endeavor, President and CEO Tim Noonan said.

And earlier this month Griffiss Utility Services Corp. broke ground on an $18 million biofuel project to supply heat and electricity for tenants of Rome’s Griffiss Business and Technology Park.

“We’ve seen a lot of increasing activity within the last three to five years in biomass energy conversion,” said Tom Richard, director of the Biomass Energy Center at Penn State University. “Part of that has been the increase in cost of coal and oil and wider recognition of doing something serious about carbon footprint.”

Biomass energy involves combusting organic waste, such as woody plants and stocks and stems of grasses, to produce heat and electricity with a minimal carbon footprint. The biomass usually comes in the form of woodchips or pellets.

From The Observer-Dispatch: http://www.uticaod.com/news/x1519325325/Area-business-energized-by-green-initiatives-biomass

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