During the last several weeks, I’ve come across a couple of instances of some states and/or counties beginning to offer rebate programs on pellet and wood stoves, and I’m hoping it’ll continue to catch on. What I found particularly interesting is that in each instance, there is a slightly different driving force for implementing their rebate programs.
For example, residents in San Geronimo Valley and Marin County in California are being offered rebates ranging from $250 to $825 for the removal and replacement of non-certified wood stoves with certified wood stoves, pellet stoves or gas inserts. The program will run until August of next year, or until funds run out. In California, the driving force for such a program is air quality; a very dense population using dirty stoves in the winter time only adds to California’s air pollution problems. Though likely miniscule in the grand scheme of things, replacing these old stoves with cleaner technology could make a difference in the long run.
Another example is in Maryland, where the state energy administration just launched a wood and pellet stove rebate program. The driving force of the launch of this particular program is to help families struggling with heating bills. Qualifying pellet stove owners can receive a $600 rebate; wood stoves $400, and the $50,000 in program funds are limited to a first-come, first-served basis.
In Maryland, as is the case in most Northeast states, the winters are long and very cold and the cost of fuel oil, propane and electricity—the most commonly-used fuels—have skyrocketed. Of course, these stoves must be U.S. EPA certified as well, but air quality there isn’t the issue it is in California. Rather, it is fuel affordability, and this is one way to help some families pay their heating bills.
For the Maryland program, qualifying pellet stove owners can receive a $600 rebate; wood stoves $400. Program funds are limited to a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to $50,000. If you’re looking for some more info, the Alliance for Green Heat has a great Q&A on their website.
While those are just two examples, if the programs prove successful, perhaps they will be extended, renewed or influence other states/counties to follow suit. Besides the aforementioned examples, are there any more recently-implemented programs or pending legislation that relates to wood pellet/wood stove rebate programs? If you know of either, please share.