Coast Guard Prepares For Switch To Pellets
By: Ed Ronco
KCAW – Sitka
The U.S. Coast Guard air station in Sitka is abandoning oil as a heat source.
Work will start in the next week on a new heating system that uses wood pellets instead of oil. It’s part of an effort to make the Coast Guard more energy efficient.
For years, the Coast Guard has used oil heat. They say the technology is tried and true, easy to deal with and relatively easy to obtain. So why would the Coast Guard switch to wood pellets?
“Simple answer: money,” says Bob Deering, the environmental and engineering manager for the Coast Guard’s civil engineering unit in Juneau.
“The Air Station burns about 85,000 gallons of heating oil each year, so you can calculate the cost based on that,” he said. “We’re paying in excess of $4 a gallon for heating oil.”