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FUNDING AND GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
USEPA STAR Grant Program for Global Change (Closes 9/22/10)
Over $495 Million in Federal Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments
There is more than $495 million in current or upcoming funding opportunities for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives including energy efficiency, regional planning, and community education. For full eligibility and application details, please visit http://www.epa.gov/burnwise/fedfunding.html.
Burn Wise - USEPA's Online Guidance for Funding Opportunities
Federal Tax Credit
The 2009 Economic Stimulus legislation was signed into law on February 17, 2009 by President Obama and includes a 30% tax credit (up to $1,500) for the purchase in 2009 and 2010 of a 75%-efficient biomass-burning stove. The tax credit provisions are extended improvements of the legislation that passed in October 2008. The major changes are an extension of the credit to 2010 and the increase on the credit from $300 to 30% of the total cost.
IRS Guidance on Tax Credit for Purchase of Biomass Stoves
On June 1, 2009, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) finally issued its guidance for the 30% consumer tax credit (up to $1500) for the purchase and installation of a 75-% efficient biomass-burning stove.
The IRS Notice 2009-53, Non-business Energy Property, can be found at www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-09-53.pdf.
Consumers with questions may visit this FAQ webpage on the Hearth Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA) website.
Manomet Study of Woody Biomass Energy
Study Indicates Air Pollution Increases Infants' Risk of Bronchiolitis
Massachusetts Requests Study on Biomass Plants
Source Characterization of Outdoor Wood Furnaces
This report was undertaken by the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) for the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (CT DEP) as part of an effort to assist policymakers at the national, state, and local levels in better understanding the contribution of the biomass burning sector to air pollution problems and to investigate control options for reducing wood smoke emissions from outdoor wood furnaces.
University of Montana Receives Funds to Study Indoor Air Quality and Wood Smoke
The University of Montana has recently been awarded grant funds from the National Institute of Health and Environmental Sciences to research the impacts of wood stove use on air quality and the associated health effects. Specifically, the study will focus on indoor air quality and clinically relevant changes in health effects among asthmatics living in homes whose primary heating sources are non USEPA-certified wood stoves. This is a follow up to a previous study in Libby, MT that showed a 72% reduction in fine particle pollution (53 mg/m3 – 15 mg/m3) when a homeowner went from a non-USEPA certified stove to a properly installed USEPA-certified wood stove. In addition, the Nez Perce Tribe is currently conducting a before and after wood stove changeout indoor air quality study.
Maine Final Report, "Governor’s Wood-to-Energy Task Force Report"
The Governor’s Wood-to-Energy Task Force (“Task Force”) was first convened on January 30, 2008 and was tasked to investigate and eventually recommend strategies that could provide the citizens of Maine relief from both the dependence upon and the cost of traditional energy by sustainably utilizing the forest resources that exist in the region.
For more information on Maine's Wood-to-Energy Initiative, please visit http://www.maine.gov/doc/initiatives/wood_to_energy/.