Oregon Hearth, Patio  
& Barbecue Association

Washington County, Oregon

Washington County’s Office of Community Development, in partnership with Washington County Department of Health and Human Services, will host five public information sessions to discuss their recently launched Wood Stove Exchange Program.

Through this program, qualifying residents can receive a rebate of $1,500-$3,500 when they r eplace their old wood stove with a cleaner heating device, such as an electric ductless heat pump, natural gas stove, pellet stove or gas furnace. Some households may qualify for a full-cost (free) replacement, depending on their income.

All information sessions will start at 7 p.m. and last about an hour.

· Wednesday, September 21, Beaverton Library main branch, 12375 SW 5th St.

· Tuesday, September 27, Aloha High School, 18550 SW Kinnaman Rd.

· Wednesday, October 12, Cornelius City Council Chambers, 1310 N. Adair St.

· Thursday, October 13, Lincoln Elementary School, 801 NE Lincoln St., Hillsboro

· Thursday, October 20, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Frances Hall lobby, 12520 SW Grant St., Tigard

“We have received more than a dozen applications since we launched the program a few weeks ago,” says Housing Rehabilitation Specialist Tim Davis with Washington County’s Office of Community Development. “Our hope is that these sessions will help residents understand the benefits of the program and to see how simple the application process is.”

The Wood Stove Exchange Program is made possible through collaboration and funding support from program partners, including the American Lung Association in Oregon, Centro Cultural, City of Cornelius, City of Hillsboro, Community Action, Intel, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and Oregon Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association.

Visit www.WoodStoveExchange.com or call 503-846-4425 for more information.


Proposed California '16-17 Budget includes $40 Million for Woodstove Change Outs

Jan 10, 2016 - Governor Brown, has announced a draft state budget which would allocate $40 Million over the next two years to go towards woodstove Changeouts. The money would come from the proceeds of the State's Cap and Trade Program to reduce California's Greenhouse Gas emissions.

"We are very pleased as an association to see this kind of step forward from our Governor, and agree that this could have a very positive impact on short term climate emissions ," says Mario Allen, President of HPBA Pacific. Several Air Board Districts are currently in the middle of their own programs, but not with this depth of funding.

"This could potentially help change out thousands of old stoves which is good for consumers and the environment," notes Allen. Specific details on how the funds will be allocated will be worked out by the California Air Resources board staff if this funding level is adopted by the legislature in the final budget.

For questions about this, please contact Kaity Rosengren at Kaity@hpbapacific.org or John Crouch at crouch@hpba.org

Pendleton, OR

East Oregonian, Jan 6, 2016 - City Sets Crosshairs on Polluting Wood Stoves - Gradually, inefficient wood stoves are vanishing from Pendleton homes, but the pace has slowed.

In 2000, the city started offering zero interest loans of up to $3,000 to homeowners with wood stoves that aren’t certified by the Environmental Protection Agency or Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. During the first two years, 93 residents replaced their stoves with cleaner burning gas, electric or certified wood units.

Though the city boosted the loan amount to $3,500 in 2004, use of the program has dwindled over the past few years. In fiscal year 2013-14, nobody applied. Last year, there were only two. Altogether, 172 stoves were replaced using city loans since the program’s inception.

City employee Steve Quinn applied to replace an uncertified fireplace insert about eight months ago when he moved into a new home on Jay Street. On Tuesday, the new Neptune gas unit glowed in his living room, flame visible through a glass door. His yellow lab puppy, Rudy, lay near the brick hearth as Quinn rubbed the dog’s ears. Quinn said he loves the new stove for a pair of reasons.

Number one — “I don’t have to chop wood,” he said. “It’s nice to push a button and be done with it.”

Secondly, his expenses dropped to $120 a month in the winter for electricity and $35 for gas.

Pendleton’s regulatory specialist Klaus Hoehna and Umatilla County Public Health Director Meghan DeBolt hope more people will use the loan program. The city seeks to reignite interest and finish the job of consigning all those inefficient stoves to the recycling center.

“There’s been a steady decline in use of the loan program,” said DeBolt, who is a member of the Pendleton Air Quality Commission.

The commission doesn’t know if most of the stoves have been replaced or if people are unaware of the program. An inventory back in the mid-’90s revealed that approximately 900 uncertified stoves existed within Pendleton’s urban growth boundary.

“We think there are at least 400 stoves left out there,” Klaus said. READ MORE

SW Washington Clean Air Agency Changeout Program (started, 2012)

This woodstove changeout grant permits funding to residents within the Vancouver, Washington Urban Growth Boundary. Grants for outside the area are on a wait list. Credit amounts depend on the type of heating unit. Grants of between $500 to $1,500 are available. There is up to a $250 rebate from the dealer and the Clark PUD is offering additional rebates on ductless heating systems. For income-qualified applicants SWCAA may double the above amounts. For information, click this link: http://www.swcleanair.org/ws/wsqna.asp

Woodstove Changeout Programs in Oregon (expired)

Oregon DEQ received $2 million in ARRA funds from the Oregon Department of Energy to conduct woodstove changeouts by replacing old uncertified woodstoves with cleaner, more efficient burning devices. DEQ anticipates a targeted goal of woodstove replacements in four Oregon communities. The four communities have poor air quality due to wood smoke emissions; these communities are Klamath Falls, Oakridge, Lakeview and Burns/Hines. DEQ's woodstove changeout program has a two-pronged approach:

Total replacement and installation for low-income individuals of the uncertified heating system with a more efficient and less polluting heating device. An incentive rebate program for the general public to encourage replacement of an uncertified woodstove with a more efficient and less polluting heating device. The uncertified device must be removed and destroyed, and the new replacement device must be installed to meet local building codes.

This program RAN from June 2010 through February 1, 2012. To read more information about woodstoves and their impact on the environment, visit the Woodstoves web page. A woodstove changeout program is available in both Klamath Falls and Lakeview.

 

OHPBA, PO Box 135, Salem, OR 97308-0135, 503-585-8254, www.ohpba.org

Affiliated with Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, Arlington, VA  www.hpba.org

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