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Wood Pellets Outperform Fossil Fuels, Natural Gas in Reducing Greenhouse Gases

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) have found a way to cut greenhouse gas emissions from home heating by more than 50 percent. The research team of UNH and Spatial Informatics Group in Pleasanton, California, discovered that using wood pellet fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 54 percent vs. home heating oil, and by 59 percent vs. natural gas. The findings are especially important for New York and the five New England states, where residents account for about 88 percent of the entire U.S. consumption of home heating oil.

NIFA supported the program through a McIntire-Stennis grant.

Read the full article in University of New Hampshire News.

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