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Members of the Danish Board of District Heating & District Heating Expert, Dr. Morris Pierce PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wendy Marsden   
Tuesday, 11 November 2008
Thursday Nov. 13 at 6 pm at Greenfield High School

GREENFIELD, MA –  With high fuel costs, and growing concerns over global warming, energy security and the economy,  communities are looking for ways to lower energy costs, reduce carbon emissions, create local jobs and use more sustainable sources of energy.  District Heating can replace individual building heating systems relying on expensive, imported fossil fuels with an efficient community-wide heating network based on clean local renewable resources such as biomass, solar, and waste heat, allowing us to create jobs and keep our energy dollars in the local community.  These systems have been widely adopted in Scandinavia over the past thirty years and deliver great economic and environmental benefits. 

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments is bringing to Greenfield members of the Danish Board of District Heating this Thursday to present the history of district heating in Denmark and how their individual and collective expertise and experience can help local communities here establish similar systems. “This is a really exciting opportunity to learn more about a wonderful solution to our energy problems.  We’re actively pursing a biomass combined heat and power project in Greenfield and it’s great that we have this chance to introduce it to people,” said Wendy Marsden, a member of the Greenfield District Heating Project Steering Committee.  Over 50% of the homes in Scandinavia are heated using community district heat.  The Danish Board of District Heating is a private organization representing the key players in the Danish district heating industry and has developed partnerships in more than fifty countries as they are actively sharing innovative district heating technologies with communities in other countries.  Additional information about them is available on their web site at

Dr. Morris Pierce with the University of Rochester will also be giving a presentation on his experience with a Danish-style district heating system recently installed on his campus along with an overview of his efforts to develop new district heating systems throughout the northeast U.S.  Tom Murphy, Chair of the Greening Greenfield Energy Committee, has heard him speak on a number of occasions and praises Dr. Pierce's efforts in, "bringing this energy technology to the community level in a way that can make real economic and ecological change."  Dr. Pierce will provide a basic overview of district energy systems and outline the process for developing one or more demonstration projects in Western Massachusetts.

Please join us for this important public information session.  There will be a chance immediately after the meeting to break into groups for each community to see what you can do to begin implementing this in your own town.

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