March 8, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 10

Letters to the Editor

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biomass use

To the Editor:

The Southeast Integrated Resource Plan comment period ends March 19. The SEIRP lays out various scenarios for conversion to alternative sources of heat energy for the region. We believe the plan wrongly favors conversion to biomass sources of heat energy while ignoring or downplaying the effectiveness of other alternatives. The plan calls for an 80% conversion from oil and electric heat across the region to wood pellet stoves and boilers. It largely ignored the use of heat pumps as a highly effective and economical source of heat.

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