With environmental concerns and fuel costs mounting, many Americans are looking for ways to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and replace them with renewable energy sources. In Pennsylvania, renewable energy sources include wood, wood residue and dedicated agricultural energy crops, also known as biomass. Pennsylvania Fuels for Schools & Communities is helping schools, communities and businesses understand the economic, operational, and environmental benefits of biomass energy systems.

Membership is open to all who are interested in helping to promote the sustainable use of biomass fuels in Pennsylvania - we are a collaborative effort of public officials, businesses, and private citizens committed to providing non-commercial assistance to communities and groups that are interested in biomass fuels for energy.

Wood Energy Prospectus released

The PA State Wood Energy Team has released its state wood energy prospectus, providing a comprehensive overview of wood energy opportunities for the state

Recommended Boiler Specification released

PA Fuels for Schools and Communities has developed a boiler performance specification that outlines key performance characteristics that should be used when comparing boilers.

Fuels Standard Approved for Release

PA Fuels for schools has finalized and approved its wood fuels recommended specifications. Please utilize and distribute as appropriate.



Here's a list of Fuels for Schools meetings and related bioenergy events in the state:

  • 18 July, 2019: Quarterly Meeting & Field Trip. 9am at Goshen Township Building (116 Knobs Road, Shawville, PA 16830). Tour to follow of Forcey Lumber Company
  • 23 October, 2019: National Bioenergy Day Meeting and Tour. Meet at 9 AM in the parking lot of the A&M Logging office located at 116 Thompson Lane, Millheim, PA 16854. After the meeting, we will tour the biomass heating system for the Penns Valley Area School District located a few miles away at 4528 Penns Valley Road, Spring Mills, PA 16875. This will be followed by an informal lunch nearby.
  • 09 March, 2020: Quarterly meeting and tour at Metzler Forest Products, 26 Timber Lane, Reedsville, PA, 17084

All are welcome to attend! Please join us!


Dillon Floral Corporation

Featured Case Study: Dillon Floral Corporation
In its first full winter, Dillon Floral burned 2,347 tons of wood chips, at an average delivered cost of $25/ton, equating to $58,670. By making the conversion from #6 heating oil to a biomass heating system, Dillon Floral saved approximately $191,330 in heating costs.