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News stories tagged with "pellets"

Adks first pellet plant planned

The owner of a box and pallet making company in Keeseville is looking to build what's believed to be the first wood pellet manufacturing plant in the Adirondacks. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article
Tom Lee surveys the switchgrass plots he planted this spring.
Tom Lee surveys the switchgrass plots he planted this spring.

Grass pellets: growing the North Country's own energy

The price of oil has been going down lately, but people are still worried about heating their homes this winter. The skyrocketing prices of oil and natural gas are fueling a run on pellet stoves. A winter's heat from pellet stoves can cost half of that from an oil furnace. Dealers across the North Country report they can't keep up with demand. The pellets themselves are made from wood scraps at factories across North America. But alternative energy and agricultural leaders believe high prices are hastening the day when pellets are made from grass. And they hope that grass will be grown right here in the North Country. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Can pellet heat catch fire in the North Country?

This winter, Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County has been holding seminars on using wood or grass pellets to heat homes, farms, and businesses. They've been a hit. Almost 200 people packed a pelletizing workshop in Madrid last month. Extension's Pete Barney says concerns about global warming and reliance on foreign oil are adding up. Barney told David Sommerstein the problem is supply lags behind the demand.  Go to full article

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