UNC coal-free goals delayed until March
By CAROLINE CORRIGAN
The Daily Tar Heel
There may be a bit more coal in the University’s stocking than some had hoped this Christmas.
A 500-ton wood pellet shipment, scheduled to arrive at UNC in November has now been delayed until March of next year.
The pellets are part of a plan outlined in the 2009 Climate Action Plan to reduce the University’s carbon footprint by combining coal with biomass products, such as wood pellets.
Despite the delay, the shipment delay might be more of a convenience than a setback. Ray DuBose, director of UNC Energy Services, said testing the wood pellets during the winter would reduce the University’s capacity for steam, which provides its heat.