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.

Draft Boiler Specification released for comments

PA Fuels for Schools and Communities has developed a draft boiler specification that outlines key performance characteristics that should be used when comparing boilers. All are encouraged to provide feedback by 01 November, 2016. Please send comments to Dan Ciolkosz at dec109@psu.edu

PA Wood Energy Team Schedule Announced

PA Fuels for Schools and Communities is participating in the US Forest Service - sponsored PA Wood Energy Team, running from July 2015-June 2018. Click Here for a team events schedule and additional information.

For more information about the meeting or the wood energy team, contact Ed Johnstonbaugh (exj11@psu.edu).

Fuels Standard Approved for Release

Jan 2015: 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:

  • PA Fuels for Schools Meeting: 19 Oct 2016, 8:30 am
      Meet at C&C Coffee Shop, 15 N Main Street, Chambersburg, PA. We will go to Caledonia State Park for the bioenergy celebration directly afterwards.
  • National Bioenergy Day Open House / Celebration: 19 Oct 2016, 10:00-15:00
      Caledonia State Park, just east of Chambersburg PA
  • Advanced Wood Energy Workshop and Tour: 22 Oct 2016, 8:30-14:00
      West Branch School District, Morrisdale, PA
  • National Bioenergy Day Open House / Celebration: 19 Oct 2016, 10:00-15:00
      Caledonia State Park, just east of Chambersburg PA
  • PA Fuels for Schools Meeting: 14 Dec 2016, 10:00 am

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.