Financing Wood Smoke Reduction Programs
Working with the US EPA and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA), the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill (EFC) conducted an analysis of program alternatives that the PSCAA and other air quality regulatory agencies can use to reduce wood smoke particulate emissions without increasing the cost burden on low-income and low-wage earning households during burn ban days. The EFC researched the Burn Ban Assistance Utility On-Bill Credit program and proposed a Low Wage Household Wood Stove Replacement Grant Program and a Wood Stove Replacement Loan program.
The EFC produced a final report, case studies, an evluation model for this project. Visit the EPA's Burnwise Website or follow the links below to learn more.
- Puget Sound Residential Wood Smoke Initiative Case Study (2013) (PDF)
- Puget Sound Residential Wood Smoke Initiative Final Report (2013) (PDF)
- Puget Sound Evaluation Model (2013) (Excel Spreadsheet)
- Webinar Recording and Presentation (PDF)
Financing Options for Wood-Burning Appliance Changeout Programs
Whether funded by a homeowner, a government entity or a non-profit organization, replacing an inefficient wood stove, hydronic heater or fireplace with a cleaner burning alternative requires capital. There are a variety of potential funding sources available at the local, state, tribal and federal level, but finding them can involve some searching. Local, state and tribal air quality offices and health departments are often good places to start, because their staffs are often familiar with grant programs designed to improve public health, reduce pollution and help the community meet air quality attainment standards. This guide provides an overview of existing programs and funding sources that appear to be the most appropriate for a wood-burning appliance changeout program.