Sealaska Natural Resource Planner Nathan Soboleff examines the old oil-fired boilers that heat Sealaska Plaza in downtown Juneau. They’ll be replaced with a wood-pellet burner next year.
Sealaska is converting its Juneau headquarters building from oil to wood-pellet heat. The Southeast regional Native corporation says the change will save money. It also hopes to create demand for a wood-pellet industry on Prince of Wales Island.
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
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For More on Wood-Heat Efforts in Southeast Alaska:
- The Coast Guard is considering a number of biomass heating projects in Southeast.
- The U.S. Coast Guard is hoping to begin utilizing wood heat on its bases in Ketchikan, Sitka and Kodiak.
- Southeast communities and businesses are looking closer at using wood to power generators and heat buildings.
- A look at how the rising cost of modern heating is prompting more Southeast Alaskans to go back to wood.