Tri-State Heating and Biomass Symposium Oct. 24
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2013
With colder weather approaching, individuals and businesses may
wonder how they'll find room in their budget to pay for heating costs. And
although natural gas is relatively plentiful and inexpensive in the Midwest,
not all residents and businesses are connected to the pipeline. Biomass as a
cost-effective heat source is the topic for the Tri-State Heating and Biomass
Symposium on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.at Highland Community
College in Freeport.
symposium, co-hosted by University of Illinois Extension, University of
Wisconsin Extension, and Highland Community College, will provide regionally
appropriate information on the issues and opportunities related to biomass
biomass systems are competitive with more expensive heating fuels such as fuel
oil, LP gas, and electricity," said Jay Solomon, a U of I Extension educator,
energy and environmental stewardship.
Solomon said that using biomass to heat buildings has become quite common in
some parts of the United States. "The northern regions of Minnesota, Wisconsin,
and Michigan have embraced the opportunity to heat homes, businesses, and
public buildings using wood-based biomass in particular," Solomon said. "And
the tri-state area, which encompasses northern Illinois, eastern Iowa, and
southern Wisconsin, has a similarly appropriate natural resource base to follow
this trend. However, many residents lack the information necessary to
capitalize on this opportunity."
symposium will feature speakers from industry and equipment suppliers,
universities, and members of the Illinois Biomass Working Group. Local
statistics and opportunities, experiences of other projects, review of current
timber availability, and the relationship with the larger Midwest biomass
effort will be discussed.
Community College is located at 2998 W. Pearl City Rd, Freeport. The symposium
will be held in the Student Conference Center, Building H. Registration is
required. Early registration is $15/person. After Oct. 17, registration will be
$20. For more information, call U of I Extension at 815-235-4125 or visit http://tinyurl.com/pc6whdf.