Woodstove change-out money available
by Joe Shreve
Sep 28, 2012 | 3039 views | 6 6 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In October, Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District will launch the second installment of its popular Wood Stove Change-Out Program.

According to Mike Gilroy, deputy air pollution control officer, the district has $125,000 in grant funds to give to residents to help them switch their heating systems from standard woodstoves to pellet-burning stoves, gas heaters or EPA-certified woodstoves.

The program was well-received in its first year in 2011, with the allotted $75,000 scooped up in a matter of days — much of it by residents of the San Lorenzo Valley.

This year, however, with the Smoke Sensitive Area designation, SLV residents are not eligible for subsidies to switch to EPA-certified woodstoves.

“We have to take this approach, because it’s the only way we can be assured to reduce emissions in the San Lorenzo Valley,” Gilroy said.

Residents who qualify based on income can apply Oct. 11 and 12 for extra financial help from the district to make the switch — up to $2,500, Gilroy said.

Others will be able to apply for the grant funds Oct. 16, he said.

“We’re going to create the ability for people who are income-qualified to qualify for funds first,” he said.

He added that some of the grant money would be set aside so that higher-income families would have a chance to participate.

Prospective applicants can learn about whether their income qualifies by calling 888-728-3637 or visiting the website URL below.

For information: http://www.mbuapcd.org/component/content/article/24-grants-incentives/271-2012-wood-stove-change-out-program.

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You lost me here
October 02, 2012
Wow. I have to admit I whole heartedly supported the SLV restrictions on burning right up until I read this. If any area needed grants for upgraded wood stoves it is this very area.

You pretty much guaranteed the worst sources of smoke pollution--wood stoves--will continue to belch out particulate matter indefinitely, thanks for nothing.
October 01, 2012
By the way, the writing is on the wall. This Air Quality Board is going to start hitting us with no burn days, like the BAAQ over the hill. They aren't subsidizing wood stoves, that is enough said!

So, are there going to be provisions for us who do have EPA stoves and wood under 20% moisture? I suppose we are going to have to pay for a representaitve to come to our homes inspect the stove and measure the moisture in the firewood.I doubt it.. Just a no burn days are more feasible... So, on Christmas, New Years and the coldest nights of the year. No burn days per MBAQ Board!

After this, they go after your generators and gasoline powered garden equipment and will hit us with enhanced smog requirements on our vehicles!

We just unleashed a power tripping beast in our neck of the woods. This should be a fun next few years with meetings only during business hours in Monterey..
Lindsay Pluie
October 01, 2012
This entire initiative was handled poorly. From lack out public outreach, to virtually no representative input to the governing agency.

And then there's that slippery slope thing that someone mentioned. It's going to create far more problems than it resolves.

An education program should have been the first step.
Eric Rubaker
October 01, 2012
EPA wood burning stoves are just as clean as pellets. They all smoke when you first fire them up from a cold flue.

Where is the money going to go, then? Propane is $4 a gallon and pellets aren't much cheaper.

If the low income folks have no access to a subsidized wood burner stove, then it won't happen!

An EPA stove is about $3000 uninstalled and add a about another $2000 for the double wall stainless piping required for the EPA certification. With installation and disposal of the old stove people are looking at about $5000 to $6000!

Plus, these idiots in Monterey get to make all our decisions for us...wonderful.
September 28, 2012
Does it make sense to anyone that San Lorenzo Valley is designated as a smoke sensitive area, and therefore no grants will be given out to the residents of the valley. I would think it should be the opposite. Give more grants to the valley residents to replace olds stoves etc. Isnt that what the programs for? Government at its best again.
September 28, 2012
I experienced confusion reading that as well.

I believe the idea is that they wish to eliminate wood stoves entirely and have us switch to propane and pellet stoves.

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