High school may use wood-fired boiler heater

From the Anchorage Daily News, Wednesday, December 9, 2008:

The Alaska Energy Authority has agreed to spend $20,000 to analyze whether energy-efficient wood boilers would be cheaper to use than heating oil for the roughly 50,000-square-foot school being built near Talkeetna. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough, which requested the study, has also chipped in $5,000. …

Local residents cooked up the idea. For more than a year, they’ve pressed the borough to consider using a wood-heated boiler as the primary heating source for the school, and to leave the fuel-oil boiler as a secondary heater. The wood could be harvested on borough-owned land a few miles from the school, whereas fuel oil would be trucked to the school from Nikiski, said mechanical engineer Tami Hamler, a supporter of the wood-fired boiler project. And if sustainable harvest practices are used, wood from public land could heat the school indefinitely, Hamler said.

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    Global Energy Solutions, Inc.
    (630) 668-8900

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