Before this heating season comes to an end (will it ever?) I thought I'd give a nod to three colleagues, all with NH and Upper Valley ties - who were recognized for their contributions in the field of next-generation biomass heating in the latest edition of Biomass Magazine.
Charlie Niebling is a forester/businessman/public policy advocate who lives in the Concord area. Almost single-handedly, Charlie has propelled the State of New Hampshire into a position of international prominence for it's legislative and regulatory encouragement of biomass heating as a substitute for foreign oil. Today New Hampshire leads the nation on a per-capita basis in the use of biomass for both heating and the generation of electricity.
Scott Nichols was raised in Lyme, NH. After a brief stint in Alaska, Scott moved back to the Upper Valley to work with his father, Jim, and uncle, Lloyd, running Tarm Biomass, an outgrowth of the original hearth shop at Nichols Hardware in Lyme. When he's not selling state-of-the-art biomass heating systems, fueled by either cordwood or pellets, Scott chairs a national trade group that advocates for parity between biomass and other renewables (like wind and solar) on the legislative and regulatory front.
John Ackerly has long ties to the Upper Valley, where he attended Dartmouth College and spent many summers at his family's Lyme home near the Appalachian Trail, where his father Bill has achieved world-wide fame and celebrity for providing ice cream treats to passing through-hikers. In 2008, John founded the Alliance for Green Heat, an advocacy group for residential wood heating, whose most recent achievement was organizing the Wood Stove Decathlon, held on the National Mall in Washington DC this past Fall (see photo).
If you have even a passing interest in wood heating, here's a link to the full article in Biomass Magazine: